> I've come a cross a passage in a novel to be translated, describing a
> batch of hand-adressed envelopes. the sentence "excelsior, 500 count"
> is included in the line with no explanation.
"Excelsior" was used when I was a youngster to mean flimsy-type paper,
though not something that envelopes would be made of. Perhaps the
envelopes were to be wrapped in bundles of 500 in excelsior paper...
I don't know the origin of this usage, but it might have been a