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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.

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From: sethb
2009-03-05 07:47 pm (UTC)
Of course. But people keep using the expression with the obsolete meaning.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
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"?
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From: sethb
2009-03-05 09:16 pm (UTC)
At this point, I'd go with "frozen". When the ratio reverses (doughnuts cost $20 each), I'd use something stronger.
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[User Picture]From: madfilkentist
2009-03-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
In the same vein, a millionaire is now just somebody who's pretty well off financially.
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From: sethb
2009-03-05 09:15 pm (UTC)
But there, at least the meaning is in the same direction as before, just not as far.
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[User Picture]From: velochicdunord
2009-03-08 04:56 pm (UTC)
Doughnits are a dollar now?

it's been a while.
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