Buck and a quarter/buck and a half
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Dec 21 17:38:08 UTC 2002
Has anyone noticed a usage of "buck and a quarter" to mean one hundred twenty
five dollars and "buck and a half" to mean one hundred fifty dollars?
I don't recall ever having heard it before, until in the last week I heard it
Presumably it is used only in contexts in which the order of magnitude is
clear, but the first time was referring to the fee for a round of golf (not
being a golfer, I was unaware that $1.25 was ridiculously low) and the other
time was at a yard sale where the seller (former owner of a major grocery
chain franchise) gave it as a price for a piece of furniture. Luckily I was
warned and asked him which price he meant. Unfortunately it was the higher
one, but my wife bargained him down to $110.
- Jim Landau (perennially context-challenged)
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