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Q: A buck two eighty ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: A buck two eighty
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: bakegoodz-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 01 Apr 2004 13:30 PST
Expires: 01 May 2004 14:30 PDT
Question ID: 323735
Where did the phrase "a buck two eighty" come from?
Subject: Re: A buck two eighty
Answered By: nenna-ga on 02 Apr 2004 09:43 PST
Dear bakedgoodz,

There isn't a lot to be found out about the origin of this word.
However, I think I may have the answer for you.

I started my search by using google, and typing "a buck two eighty" origon
Now, I know I spelled origin wrong, however.... I didn't notice at the time...
So, when you go there, it askes you Did you mean a "buck two eighty" oregon?
I sais yes, for the heck of it and clicked the link...
It led me to

Which lists the term as ancestral, but not the origin.

So, back to square 1.
I went back to google and typed in "a buck two eighty" origin
And came across this link...

Which states... "I am reminded that there is a usage here in Wisconsin
-- I've been told it's local to the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area -- "a
buck two-eighty."

It also says "I first heard this in New Hampshire. It was meant to be
a slur on the French on the Northern border. Said in a French accent,
"I'm goin down to ze fak toor ee to work for a buck sree eighty an

So, based of what I have read, it looks to be of American origin. One
of those lovley little sayings a witty person made up.

Hope that takes care of it for you...

Subject: Re: A buck two eighty
From: flutter_vertigo-ga on 01 Apr 2004 21:08 PST
According to this page:, it's a phrase from
the Coal regions indicating an unknown value assigned to something.
Subject: Re: A buck two eighty
From: justaskscott-ga on 01 Apr 2004 21:40 PST
Here is a similar question, with some comments:

"'Dollar Three Eighty'" (02 Dec 2003)
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