going faster’n miles an hour
Posted: 01 September 2012 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I was reminded of this expression from American Jonathan Richman’s song Roadrunner when I heard it on the wireless recently. It seems to be a contraction of “faster than miles an hour” and it clearly means very fast despite the odd grammar. Is it known elsewhere to anyone?

Posted: 02 September 2012 03:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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As far as I’m concerned it’s just a song lyric.  If anyone actually said it, I’d assume they were quoting the song.

Posted: 02 September 2012 05:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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There is no “n.” I listened to the song again to make sure, and checked a lyric site, which indeed had the line as “Going faster miles an hour.” It is a straight-up substitution of “faster” for a numeral; it is poetic and funny and it rocks.

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