Date: Sun, 23 Jun 1996 19:08:07 -0700 From: William King Subject: Re: To drop a dime on someone M. Lynne Murphy & Bethany K. Dumas both noted that the pay phone expression with which they are familiar regarding taking responsibility for paying for the call is (it's) "on my nickel" as opposed to "...dime." Two things come to mind. First, my friend is from Philadelphia, the same as Chomsky. That's all he shares in terms of linguistic judgments, but... Second, do we nickel and dime each other because the stakes are so low? :) Bill King Second Language Acquisition & Teaching Program University of Arizona