HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » The DU Lounge (Forum) » "Six-two and even, over a...

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:30 PM

"Six-two and even, over and out"

Ok so many of us remember this phrase from Dick Tracy cartoons which aired back in the 1960s but what does it mean?

I searched around and found a reference to horse racing. It seems odd that the authors of that cartoon would choose horse race booking vernacular as a police code.

Anyone here know something about this old phrase?

4 replies, 2962 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply "Six-two and even, over and out" (Original post)
chknltl Jun 2013 OP
MicaelS Jun 2013 #1
chknltl Jun 2013 #3
Jeff R Jun 2013 #2
chknltl Jun 2013 #4

Response to chknltl (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:55 PM

1. The Straight Dope

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=12457

"Six, two, and even, over and out" is a direct quote from the old Dick Tracy cartoons. He was usually talking into his wrist radio when he said it. At the time, it was funny because radios at the time (late fifties, early sixties) weighed several pounds and took up more space than would fit on a wrist. The numbers come from two dials that were used to measure received power levels. Hence, six was showing up on one dial, two was showing on the other, and the numbers were holding steady. This same origin is reflected in the term "I read you five by five," indicating that the two dials were both at five (a pretty strong signal). Nowadays, of course, we have two-way wrist TVs just like Dick had. Will wonders never cease?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MicaelS (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 04:27 PM

3. Now that makes better sense. Thanks.

I figured it had to be something like that. So now we know. Thanks MicaelS.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to chknltl (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 03:06 PM

2. Learned

Something today.
I remembered the cartoon (not re-runs) and the code, but never realized what it meant till the 1st reply.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to chknltl (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 04:32 PM

4. Me too

They say it is good to learn something new everyday. Guess we are both 'Good to go' till tomorrow.

Six, Two and Even, Over and Out.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread