|Dollars to doughnuts
||[Mar. 5th, 2009|01:06 pm]
That used to mean a bet at high odds. Now it's not clear which side is giving odds.|
Of course. But people keep using the expression with the obsolete meaning.
2009-03-05 07:49 pm (UTC)
Frozen metaphor is I think the term. I think it's "frozen". "Petrified" is too colorful. Maybe it was "fossilized"?
At this point, I'd go with "frozen". When the ratio reverses (doughnuts cost $20 each), I'd use something stronger.
In the same vein, a millionaire is now just somebody who's pretty well off financially.
But there, at least the meaning is in the same direction as before, just not as far.
Doughnits are a dollar now?
it's been a while.