End of ADS-L Digest - 22 Feb 1995 to 23 Feb 1995 ************************************************ There are 13 messages totalling 295 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. buck and a half (3) 2. DARE Queries in NADS 27.1 3. "different than" 4. "little" (2) 5. you guys 6. Looking for some useful arguments (2) 7. the mail & thanks; -left 8. Per Judge Ito -- 60 major dialects of Spanish 9. Romance Plurals ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 23 Feb 1995 22:58:36 -0600 From: Frank Mark R Subject: Re: buck and a half On Thu, 23 Feb 1995, Larry Horn wrote There's no restriction here to "a buck ___", and of course the > contexts aren't metaphorical in the same sense as weight, batting average, > time, or distance to the pin. Rather, there seems to be the tendency to pretend > you're talking peanuts as you toss those sums around. (I suspect a nickel bag > can also bring or cost $500 in the right context.) > > Larry > > QUIT > I think the idea of talking peanuts also covers examples I've heard concerning prison sentences: a five year term called a nickel, a ten year term called a dime. is there a history in English of the dimunuation of amount/time? --Mark Frank