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Forty gatis

Posted by Dallas Owen on May 20, 2009 at 18:20

There is a phrase used in the Tulsa Oklahoma area that is used in place of "thing-a-ma-jig" or watch-a-ma-call-it that I have never heard before. I am thinking it may be from the oil industry maybe. There are men that point to something and say "give me that forty gatis" (spelling?). Has anyone ever heard this "forty gatis" phrase before? If so, where did it come from?