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Where does the saying "ordinary five eighths" come from?

I know what it means but how did it originate?

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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.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The enormous brain of Josiah Digweed as he was pondering the varied colours and texture of a piece of Welsh seaweed.

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  • Anonymous
    6 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".

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  • 1 decade ago

    It isn't a common saying, it is local idiom. It basically means "Joe Average".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Never heard it, is it English?

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