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Old 14 July 2008, 04:03 AM
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When I was in elementary school in the 50's we played a math game called $10 Word. The letters were assigned values of 1 to 26. Our task was to select a word then insert operation signs (add, subtract, multiply, divide, exponent, fraction bar, parentheses, etc.) between the values to make a $10 word. There were, of course, other parameters like length, holiday-related, used in the story we're reading, the science or history lessson, whatever.

I am sure the expression predated the game (like Monoply) so it's at least that old.

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