Posted by Flash Harry on April 09, 2001
In Reply to: Bank mystery posted by NeilB on April 09, 2001
: : : : : : : : : I have an idea that "24/7" (twenty-four seven), meaning "constantly" and now often heard in the United States, originated among African-American speakers. Can anyone confirm or disconfirm this?
: : : : : : : : I couldn't find it in any of my references.
: : : : : : : I've heard it in Brooklyn as 24/7 and twice on Sunday.
: : : : : : : (24 hours a day / 7 days a week--and twice on sunday)-----Go figure?
: : : : : : Here's something that originated amongst the Afro-Ameri's in the streets of Harlem. You may hear someone scream "5" "0"--- this means the police are nearby. This comes from the old 1960's cop show "Hawaii 5-0." Incidentally the "50" in Hawaii 5-0 stood for Hawaii being the 50th state of United States.
: : : : : OK, so if a 24/7 shop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks why do the doors have locks on them?
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: : : : Talking of door locks (dubious link) are you aware that there is no external keyholes to any of the locks on the external doors of the Bank of England.
: : : How does the bank open each business day? Is someone inside all night?
: : Yes
: OK, I'll join in......Number 10 Downing St has no door knob or handle on the outside of the door.
My external door has a handle and a keyhole but no doorknob on the outside. This allows me to gain access easily at any time - night or day - providing I have the key.
Doorknobs are a luxury I simply cannot afford.