Saturday, November 29, 2008

a new term for shoplifting

last night, i was thinking of the phrase five-finger discount, a slang term for shoplifting.

then i realized you can't truly call it that, because the thumb is not a finger. it's a digit.

so you ought to call shoplifting a five-digit discount. it's short and pithy -- five syllables -- and has some nice alliteration.

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