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Calling Fives

--Informant Info--
Nationality: United States
Age: 20
Occupation: Student
Residence: Reno, Nevada
Date of Performance/Collection: 3/29/13
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): French

This custom is similar to calling “shotgun” on the front seat of a car in that it has to do with seating. When you are in a group of people with limited seating and you have to leave your seat, you can “call fives” on this seat. This means that for the next five minutes, no one can your seat. If you come back within these next five minutes, you can reclaim your seat. Although this rule is observed among many young people today and is made to eliminate debates, it can often lead to disputes as to whether or not five minutes have passed.