Date: Thu, 23 Feb 1995 22:50:11 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: buck and a half
Where I've especially hear this usage, consistent with your informants,
Dennis, is in the lingo of the SportsCenter guys ([+male]; I can't remember
any of the female hosts using it) in contexts like "He's hitting a buck fifty"
(=.150, i.e. for the non-initiates, or those of you who aren't old enough to
remember the days before the game of "baseball" had fallen into desuetude, 3
hits in every 20 at bats). I'm not familiar with some of the other contexts
of use you(r informants) cite, but most of them would be interpretable as
extensions of the batting average context.
P.S. (speaking of "(you) guys")--Thanks to everyone who posted on that topic;
the printout of the download of that colloquy was useful to the student in my
"Langauge, Sex, and Gender" course who put together an oral presentation on the
distribution of those items.