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Antonia Graza
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:49:39 AM
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Hello
what is the meaning of " 7 11" seven eleven, because I've heard it more than once in movies and they don't give a direct translation for it.
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Vickster
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:21:07 AM
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The only reference to 7-11 I know is the convenience store...like a store attached to a gas station???
Anthony57
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:02:22 AM
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7-11 is also a term used in the gambling dice game called “Craps”. The term relates to the person (shooter) tossing the initial roll of the (two) dice. The sides of each die are numbered from 1 to 6. The shooter immediately wins if the sum of the two dice is 7 or 11. The term is sometimes spoken as “seven e-o-levin”.

I do not know if there is any relationship between the store and the dice game.
iciek
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:12:15 AM
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It's also a reference to terrorist attacks in India

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_July_2006_Mumbai_train_bombings
marylamb
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:19:09 AM
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When I was a little kid, I remember a convenience store in Dallas called 7 11. I asked the clerk why the store had a funny name and he pointed to the door and told me to read the sign. It said, open 7 am, closed 11 pm. There's another store called am pm. probably named for the same reason.

iciek, 7 11 is also a reference to the freak born in Japan in 1946 who had 7 fingers and 11 toes.
Avonlea
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:36:21 PM
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......the convenience store.....
grammargeek
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:34:38 PM
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Not being a gambler, I've only known it as the convenience store:

Susie
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:57:21 PM
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I know the store quite well (big gulps and slurpees). I do recall something refered to gambling as well. As for anything else, it's all new to me.
kaleem
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:03:46 PM
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7 July 2005 London bombings

On 7 July 2005, bombs exploded on Underground trains between Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations, Russell Square and King's Cross St. Pancras stations and Edgware Road and Paddington stations. A double-decker bus at Tavistock Square was also destroyed. The bombs were detonated by four suicide bombers. The explosions killed 52 people and resulted in over 700 injuries.

worldsclyde
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:31:16 PM
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kaleem, what's the tie in to 7-11?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:06:11 PM
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I'd never come across 7/11s until a few years ago, but had been told the name referred to the opening hours. Yet throughout Asia 7/11s are actually 24/7s! They NEVER close! Is this now the same in America, or do they literally open between the hours of 7am and 11pm?
grammargeek
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:09:29 PM
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Romany wrote:
I'd never come across 7/11s until a few years ago, but had been told the name referred to the opening hours. Yet throughout Asia 7/11s are actually 24/7s! They NEVER close! Is this now the same in America, or do they literally open between the hours of 7am and 11pm?


Same here. 7/11s were originally open from 7am to 11pm, and those were very long hours for that many years ago. Now, as far as I know, they are all open 24 hrs., and it has been that way for a long time.
harleen_sethi222
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 4:12:47 AM
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AG, if you could specify in which movie you encountered that phrase or what the movie was about or at least the scene or dialogue where the phrase occured, it could be of much help as we find many interpretations for that phrase over here.
krmiller
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 10:06:48 PM
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Romany wrote:
I'd never come across 7/11s until a few years ago, but had been told the name referred to the opening hours. Yet throughout Asia 7/11s are actually 24/7s! They NEVER close! Is this now the same in America, or do they literally open between the hours of 7am and 11pm?


This is true of every 7-11 I have seen. I think it's a question of changing culture. Back when 7-11 first opened, that was a very long time for a store to be open. Now, people are out and about all day and all night, and many convenience stores and drugstore are open 24/7. If 7-11 was only open from seven AM to eleven PM, it would lose a lot of business nowadays.

I think this is the most likely explanation for the phrase in movies (unless they are gambling movies), since if it referred to the date it would be translated.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:58:47 PM
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Interesting, isn't it? Another instance seeing words drifting away from their original meanings: Throughout China lavatories are called WC's - Water Closets. Sure, we all know what that means, but a toilet is no longer necessarily the sole water-based appliance in a small room(closet).

So 7/11 still retain the original name, but we all seem to understand that they are 24 hour convenience stores now, and that the name no longer pertains to the shops the way it did when they first opened.
JPK
Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 4:48:55 PM
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grammargeek wrote:
Not being a gambler, I've only known it as the convenience store:



Great, now I want a slurpee Silenced
worldsclyde
Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 9:32:02 PM
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The conveneince store is the most common usage but is written 7-Eleven as a trademark. 7-11 could just be a lazy form. The game of craps is the only other usage IMSHO.
RuthP
Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:07:31 AM

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worldsclyde wrote:
The conveneince store is the most common usage but is written 7-Eleven as a trademark. 7-11 could just be a lazy form. The game of craps is the only other usage IMSHO.

*snort* I'd agree with you now (I think there's a generation gap), but certainly as recently as the 1960s, maybe '70s, and probably still in some neighborhoods it would be "7-11, come again!": Craps all the way.
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