[LMB] OT: A day late and a dollar short

Paula Lieberman paal at filker.org
Mon Dec 22 22:04:50 GMT 2014


It's an idiom denoting something which gets done too late AND costs too 
much, it's basically "too little, too late."

--Paula Lieberman
-----Original Message----- 
From: M. Haller Yamada
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2014 07:20 AM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] A day late and a dollar short

I think the phrase is pretty common in America (being that we have dollars 
in circulation and all, and the UK does not, it stands to reason that it 
wouldn't be terribly popular in the UK). My mother used to use it several 
times a year. Too many times, we didn't have enough time, didn't have enough 
money . . . . But it's not usually used literally. I think it was usually 
apologies that came a day late and a dollar short . . . . Micki 



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