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The Round File

Posted by TheFallen on November 30, 2004

In Reply to: The Round File posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 30, 2004

: : : : : What is the word origin for 'File 13'?
: : : : : e.g. You're talking about the File 13.

: : : : File 13 means the office trash can. "We'll put this document in File 13." I am guessing that "13" is used because it is an unlucky number.

: : : Also called "the round file" because round is a popular shape for trash cans. Even though trash cans can be rectangular, just about the only thing in an office that's round is the trash can.

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: : ESC+ Brian, many thanks for your clear explanations. Is this expresion mainly used in the States or on both sides of the Atlantic?

: I am from the New World, so I can't say if either of these expressions (File 13 or Round File) are used in the Old World.

Being a Brit, I can confirm everyday office usage of "the round file" to mean the waste paper bin (aka trash can). File 13 is however a new one on me.

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