"Road To Morocco" Question

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  1. MichaelBA

    MichaelBA Supporting Actor

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    In ROAD TO MOROCCO, at the beginning, when Hope and Crosby are stranded on the raft, Bing flips a coin to see who would eat each other. Hope's character doesn't get that that's what they flipped for. And Crosby's character begins to clue him in with this expression: "Well, junior, I've got a T.L. for ya."

    What does "T.L." mean?
     
  2. MichaelBA

    MichaelBA Supporting Actor

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    After some research through the New York Public Library, I have answered my own question.

    "T.L." stands for "trade last."

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary:
    >>trade-last, 'U.S.', a compliment offered in exchange for one that is directed towards the speaker; also, in weakened sense, a compliment, whether reciprocal or not.>trade-last: n. 'Informal Older Use'. a compliment that one has heard and that one offers to tell the person so complimented under the condition that that person will first report a compliment made about oneself.
    Abbr.: T.L. [1890-95, 'Amer'.]
     
  3. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    But Bing & Bob never compliment each other!

    I don't know the answer, but I don't think tht is it. I'd rather think that it was just some informal slang, like using "B.S." How many years was that in use before it made it to a dictionary? How many slang terms never did?

    Its got me thinking,though.

    Glenn
     
  4. MichaelBA

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    As I say, it seems like it's an ironic usage of "T.L" from Bing to Hope, since Bing is about to explain that Hope will make up a tasty meal, if need be.
     
  5. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I would have guessed "tough luck"
     

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