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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