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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 15 16:27:57 UTC 2015


Aha.  Yes, I was even thinking of that event in Hershey (attended by very few, but somehow eye-witnessed by tens of thousands after the fact); it didn't sound right to me to say Wilt scored a buck in that game, but evidently others have no problem with it.  So a good defensive team in the NBA can hold opponents to under a buck and so on.  Go know.

I think I have heard it for that hockey situation (scoring a buck whatever into OT).

LH

P.S.  Wilt was also famous for claiming to have had sexual encounters with 200 bucks of women, although not in so many words.


> On May 15, 2015, at 12:10 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> "Hey, Wilt scored a buck, and no one else in NBA history has matched the number."
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> 
> "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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>>> 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'?
>>>> =20
>>>> LH
>>>> =20
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