n.— «Standard paid him the industry standard—a 50 percent commission on each delivery run, or “tag” in messenger parlance. Companies charge about $6 a tag, give or take a few quarters depending on the length of the run, the weight of the cargo, and the urgency of getting it to where it’s going. Morell put in nine-hour days, and as often as not lunch meant a sandwich in one hand and a handlebar in the other.» —“Fresh Air! Speed! Poverty! Servitude!” by Scott Eden Chicago Reader June 23, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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