[Ads-l] "half as cheap"

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Oct 18 09:02:43 EDT 2016


I think "cheap at half the price" is British.  In any case it occurs in the lyrics to "Who Will Buy" from the musical play "Oliver":


There'll never be a day so sunny,
It could not happen twice.
Where is the man with all the money?
It's cheap at half the price!

<http://www.metrolyrics.com/who-will-buy-lyrics-oliver.html#ixzz4NRQWJSXf>



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MARGARET E WINTERS
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Office of the Provost
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu



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"Cheaper by half" would work.


Joel

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From: Margaret Winters
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Aiming at 'half the price'?----------------------------MARGARET E WINTERSOn LeaveOffice of the ProvostWayne State UniversityDetroit, MI  48202mewinters at wayne.edu<mailto:%2048202mewinters at wayne.edu>________________________________From: American Dialect Society  on behalf of Dan Goncharoff Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 11:06 AMTo: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDUSub<mailto:%20ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDUSub>ject: Re: "half as cheap"I think he wants to say "half the price", but that doesn't make thecontrast to expensive US tickets.DanGOn Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 8:39 PM, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote:> A tweet by a U of Michigan economist:>> > S Dynarski ?@dynarski  21m21 minutes ago> > TIL:> >> > Shanghai Disney defines a child as 1.4 meters or shorter. That's 4.6 ft,> Americans.> >> > Disney tix are half as cheap in China as in US.>> I take it he wants to say they're half as expensive, but I'm not sure he> succeeded.>> Geoff> ------------------------------------------------------------> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.orgAmerican Dialect Societywww.americandialect.org<http://www.americandialect.org>The American Dialect Society, founded in 1889, is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other ...>------------------------------------------------------------The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.orgAmerican Dialect Societywww.americandialect.org<http://www.americandialect.org>The American Dialect Society, founded in 1889, is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other ...------------------------------------------------------------The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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