2017-08-24 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Case the joint: Case, meaning to to watch, likely stems from the game Faro, in which case meant a box used to keep track of bets. Eventually, this became a verb meaning to closely observe. The use of joint as a place where people gather dates to the 1880s. The first known use of the phrase aptly was recorded in a 1926 West Virginia state police report. It became widely popular in the late 1930s in books and films about gangsters and detectives.

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