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When I was in high school, my best friend Nathan and I used to swipe stuff out of our father’s garages and take it to Park ‘N’ Swap to sell on Saturdays. One Saturday we had sold a lot of stuff and we were getting itchy to leave. We began yelling at passersby, trying to get them to buy our remaining junk. One thing left was a soldering iron. An old, old Asian man (with a long braided ponytail – the whole works!) came up to examine it. He looked at it for a long time, then asked “How much?” Nathan said, “Well, I don’t know. It’s not that old, and it works real well and everything. How about five dollars?” The old man stared into Nathan’s eyes, and said, in a low, clipped manner: “Buck!” That made both of us laugh.

Nathan: “Ok, ok. Four bucks.”
Old Man: “Buck!”
Nathan: “Three.”
Old Man: “Buck!”
Nathan: “Two.”
Old Man: “Buck!”
Nathan: “A dollar fifty.”
Old Man: “Buck!”
Nathan: “A dollar and a quarter.”
Old Man: “Buck!”
Nathan: “Ninety-five cents, then!”

The Old Man put down the soldering iron and walked away. After that, whenever we haggled about money, one of us was sure to say, “buck!”

Doc (August 8, 1998)

Tags: exclamation | money | one word