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Chump change

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:20 am
by Stevenloan
Hi you guys! An online dictionary says that "chump change" means "small or insignificant amount of money". But is it "dollar coins" or "dollar bills"?

Your answer would be highly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Chump change

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:21 pm
by Erik_Kowal
It can be coins or bills/banknotes, or a mixture of both, or neither.

The amount that qualifies as chump change varies according to the situation: for instance, in the context of the October 1, 2017—September 30, 2018 U.S. military budget of $824.6 billion, an expenditure of (say) $1.3 million could be regarded as chump change.

A discussion on the website of the Word Detective, Evan Morris, explains how the term probably came into being, and casts light on a few other words along the way that sound similar.

Re: Chump change

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:07 pm
by BonnieL
Thank you, Erik, for the link to The Work Detective. I've never read it before & I don't know how I missed it.

Re: Chump change

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:56 am
by Erik_Kowal
You're very welcome, Bonnie. :)

Re: Chump change

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:16 pm
by Stevenloan
Erik and BonnieL: Thanks very much for your input.

Re: Chump change

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:58 am
by Wizard of Oz
BonnieL wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:07 pm
Thank you, Erik, for the link to The Work Detective. I've never read it before & I don't know how I missed it.
. Perhaps Bonnie it is because you aren't looking for work??

WoZ retired

Re: Chump change

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:23 pm
by BonnieL
Oh my goodness! I didn't see that because I knew what I meant! Hmmm - maybe that was a slip of the keyboard - I am looking for part-time work right now. :D