Where does the saying "ordinary five eighths" come from?
I know what it means but how did it originate?
It is English but I've only heard it at home in Ireland. It tends to be used to describe an average guy or girl or perhaps an item or situation - nothing remarkable about them, neither good nor bad etc. etc.
- BirdmanLv 71 decade agoFavourite answer
The enormous brain of Josiah Digweed as he was pondering the varied colours and texture of a piece of Welsh seaweed.
- Anonymous6 years ago
This is a term used in shipbuilding towns where the most common rivet was five eighths of an inch. So it transferred into common usage as the ordinary or the " run of the mill".
- midnite.scribeLv 71 decade ago
It isn't a common saying, it is local idiom. It basically means "Joe Average".
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Never heard it, is it English?