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What is the origin of calling "dibs"?

Asked by LauratheRockStar (182points) September 2nd, 2007

Why dibs?
Was there a Mr. Dibbs who claimed lots of stuff and was generally pretty selfish?
Did Mrs. Dibs have a general store that you had to call to reserve all the good produce?
Inquiring minds want to know and I can’t find it online . . .

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gailcalled's avatar

Google american slang dibs. Obscure history but commonly used…

January's avatar

According to Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang (1998), “dibs” is a shortened version of “divvies,” from the Standard English “division” or “divide.” It might sound childish, but Dibs is serious business, with a complex set of rules. You can root out several rule books and Dibs registries online; also, Wikipedia has a few Dibs variations posted, including Eggs (or, as we called it as children, Negs, not Nigs), and Fives. :)

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

sort of like the origin of the word ‘bulldozer.’ It wasn’t at all what I thought it would be.

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