I came across this on an episode of Gilmore Girls (2.16 - There's the Rub), where Emily Gilmore says "I can't believe you let me get sixty-fortied!" (60-40d)

I can't find much reference to this online, just this one.


The episode transcript earlier explains

LORELAI: This isn’t a singles bar, Mom. It’s a sixty-forty bar.

EMILY: A what?

LORELAI: Sixty-year-old men hitting on forty-year-old women, divorcees mostly.

When later the expression you mentioned comes up it refers to that:

EMILY: Yes, by sitting me at a bar where you practically forced me to engage in inappropriate behavior.


EMILY: You let me get sixty-fortied!

As Silenius describes in the comments this is a form of transforming another class of words to a verb - or verbing / verbification. Therefore using the numbers as a verb by putting them in the right context and adding a verb ending.

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    You might add a sentence about how adjectives and nouns can be coerced into behaving like, or transformed into, verbs just by putting them in the right syntactic context. For example, "He painted the whole house charcoal gray. He even charcoal grayed the doghouse!" Something similar is happening in the OP's example. – GoldenGremlin Aug 16 '16 at 19:03
  • Verbing weirds language -- Calvin (from "Calvin and Hobbes") – Nomic Aug 17 '16 at 2:46

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