Booking = going fast
Posted: 06 February 2008 12:59 AM   [ Ignore ]
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In the movie The Incredibles, Bob says:

“They caught you on tape and you still got away with it? Whoa! You must have been booking! How fast do you think you were going?”

From the context it is clear that he means going very fast, or some such.

What’s the origin of this?

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Posted: 06 February 2008 03:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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This was American adolescent slang in the 60’s, but I don’t know the origin.

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Posted: 06 February 2008 05:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Not in OED but, (it’s just a WAG), how about a derivation from ‘going fast enough to be booked’, ie written up by the police, given a ticket.

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Posted: 06 February 2008 06:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I could have sworn we’d done this before, but anyway: HDAS says “[infl. by BOOG, BOOGIE, v.]”

(First cite from 1974: “Time to book this joint.” Said to have been heard in L.A. in 1972.)

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Posted: 06 February 2008 07:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Ah, this AskMeFi thread is what I was remembering.  Along with some uninformed guesses, there’s lots of reminiscences about who heard it when where.

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Posted: 06 February 2008 08:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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LH may also be remembering this thread.

The older one referred to therein, which I couldn’t find at that time, is here.

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