Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Eric H, May 18, 2015.
I always thought people were using this to denote 75%
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1/2 x 1/2 = 1/4
What's the context?
I thought it was something you put in your coffee.
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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