Half & half again

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Eric H, May 18, 2015.

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What is the meaning of half and half again

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  1. Eric H Registered Member

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    I always thought people were using this to denote 75%
     
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  3. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    alternately
    1/2 x 1/2 = 1/4
     
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  5. Daecon Kiwi fruit Valued Senior Member

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    What's the context?
     
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  7. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    I thought it was something you put in your coffee.
     
  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I can't find very many citations of this phrase. I wonder where Eric H found it?

    "Half again" usually means to increase something by 50%. "Halve and halve again" means to cut something in half and then cut the half in half, leaving one-fourth of the original.

    "Half and half" is, indeed, the vernacular phrase for a dairy product that is one-half whole milk and one-half cream. As Gmilam notes, it is commonly used as a coffee creamer: cheaper than pure cream but almost satisfying the same purpose.

    Perhaps Eric found a sentence such as, "We've been drinking a lot of coffee lately, so we're almost out of half-and-half again."
     

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