[Ads-l] RES: "a buck" revisited (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Fri May 15 16:10:55 UTC 2015


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http://www.trentonian.com/sports/20140118/leave-sixers-wilt-chamberlain-legends-to-history

"Hey, Wilt scored a buck, and no one else in NBA history has matched the number."


"buck fifty three" = 1 minute, 53 secs:
Parksville Qualicum News (British Columbia, Canada) - December 19, 2006 p 27
"Brent Burgoyne made 30 saves, Scott Fraser scored a buck fifty-three into overtime, and Oceanside's boys of Junior B hockey parlayed their speed into a wildly entertaining win in front of a small Christmas crowd Saturday."


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> Behalf Of Laurence Horn
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> Subject: Re: RES: "a buck" revisited
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> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: RES: "a buck" revisited
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> > On May 15, 2015, at 10:18 AM, David Daniel <dad at COARSECOURSES.COM> =
> wrote:
> >=20
> > 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
> 
> Right, works fine for money, weight, and batting average.  (Now that I
> = think of it, the latter is where our thread began, especially as a
> way = of impugning the year a given batter is having or his general
> abilities = as a hitter, since even "a buck ninety", i.e. .190, is
> under what may = still be called the Mendoza line.  But any examples of
> it being used to = indicate the number of points a basketball team has
> scored?  "If the = home team scores 100/??a buck, everyone in the arena
> gets a free pizza".
> "??That's the first time the Cavs have scored a buck thirty in the =
> playoffs."
> 
> These sound unusual to me.
> 
> LH
> >=20
> > Poster:       Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM>
> > Subject:      Re: "a buck" revisited
> > =
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> >=20
> > The HDAS entry does include a sense '_Broadly_, one hundred of =
> anything,
> > as points of a batting average of pounds of weight'.
> >=20
> > Jesse Sheidlower
> >=20
> > 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" =3D
> =
> '100
> > points'?
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