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    Question 88 cents

    A asks B for compensation, and B said "You ain't getting 88 cents from me."
    Why is he using "88 cents" here? Why dosen't he just use one dollar?

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    It's not an idiom that I've heard in North America. What's the context?

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    Wal-Mart sells things for 88 cents. Could there be some kind of association there?

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    It's a quote from the musical Gypsy.

    Rose is asking her father for money and says "all it will cost is 88 bucks, Papa." He replies, "You ain't getting 88 cents from me, Rose!" The line has since found a place in pop culture and has been paraphrased elsewhere, for example it was used in an episode of the TV show Will and Grace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    It's a quote from the musical Gypsy.
    Thank you. Every department of Language in every foreign university should replace American Culture courses with courses on American musicals and TV sitcoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Thank you. Every department of Language in every foreign university should replace American Culture courses with courses on American musicals and TV sitcoms.
    LOL Or staff them with folks like me who can't remember where they left their car keys, or who can't name all the Justices on the Supreme Court, but by golly we know all the words to the Gilligan's Island theme song.

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    Actually, we have the sountrack for Gypsy, but I never noticed that phrase. My little 8-year-old can help teach it -- she loves Broadway songs. You haven't lived until your tiny daughter is in the backseat merrily singing "You gotta have a gimmick!" (And we won't even discuss what song from the Producers she was singing once.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Actually, we have the sountrack for Gypsy, but I never noticed that phrase. My little 8-year-old can help teach it -- she loves Broadway songs. You haven't lived until your tiny daughter is in the backseat merrily singing "You gotta have a gimmick!" (And we won't even discuss what song from the Producers she was singing once.)

    It's not part of a song, it's part of the dialog, so it might not be included on the soundtrack.

    Hee hee...there was a time when it was safe to play Broadway soundtracks in front of children. Has your daughter heard Spamalot yet?

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    "You can't succeed on Broadway if you don't have..."

    But we don't let her listen to Avenue Q!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    It's a quote from the musical Gypsy.

    Rose is asking her father for money and says "all it will cost is 88 bucks, Papa." He replies, "You ain't getting 88 cents from me, Rose!" The line has since found a place in pop culture and has been paraphrased elsewhere, for example it was used in an episode of the TV show Will and Grace.
    Thank you ! And I saw it in Will and Grace.

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