[Ads-l] RES: "a buck" revisited

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Fri May 15 14:18:21 UTC 2015


Yes, 100 of anything, including thousands, as in salary/income. "He makes a
buck fifty" means he makes $150,000. I've heard it a lot, but only in the
last 15-20 years or so.
DAD

Poster:       Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
Subject:      Re: "a buck" revisited
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The HDAS entry does include a sense '_Broadly_, one hundred of anything,
as points of a batting average of pounds of weight'.

Jesse Sheidlower

On Fri, May 15, 2015 at 08:17:57AM -0400, Laurence Horn wrote:
> We've had at least one former thread on extended uses of "a buck" in
various cases of metaphorical extension, referring to 100.  So someone can
weigh a buck seventy (170), someone can be caught driving a buck twenty (120
mph), something can cost a buck fifty ($150, not necessarily $1.50).  Can't
recall when the thread was.  But there was a new one on me (and on Mike &
Mike this morning) via a radio call of last night's playoff game: the
announcer for the Houston Rockets, who drew even with the L.A. Clippers
after an improbable fourth-quarter comeback, screaming about the Rockets
tying it up at "a buck oh two", i.e. making it 102-102.  Anyone familiar
with "a buck oh two" meaning '102 points', or even just "a buck" = '100
points'?
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