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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureMythology & Folklore · 1 decade ago

is is queer as a two dollar bill or queer as a three dollar bill and where did the saying originate?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's queer as a three-dollar bill. There used to really be two-dollar bills. The idea originated back when people were more often confronted with fake bills. They are not counterfeit, because they do not actually match U.S. currency; there never has been an authentic three-dollar bill. But if you saw a three-dollar bill, you knew it was "queer," that is, fake. (This before the word "queer" had become exclusive to homosexuals. And long before "gay" got assigned to them, too, of course.)

    My grandfather had a three-dollar bill, which was actually a promotional gimmick -- an advertisement. He said some people used to be so naive (or perhaps illiterate) they would think it was real money and try to pass it. The picture on it was of a chiropractor! (I wonder if he ever thought it would be used as real money!) Apparently the advertisement was that he would do an adjustment for $3.00, which tells you how old the thing had to be.

    It's like the thing with wooden nickels: they were for specific towns, or even just Main Street of the town, to use as a sort of "coupon." People would give away the wooden nickels, and you could redeem them when you shopped. So "don't take any wooden nickels" should probably read "don't take JUST ANY wooden nickels" -- only the ones for your Chamber of Commerce, or whoever issued it.

    • They still make 2 dollar bills.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Queer as a three dollar bills, and the term queer, is the basic meaning of the word, meaning weird or different. Not what one normally sees.

    There have been two dollar bills issued, but proved useless, but no three dollar bills were ever printed.

    Not sure the decade this became popular, maybe the twenties, just a guess.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's a two dollar bill. Back when the saying started queer meant strange not gay

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  • 1 decade ago

    3 dollar bill. I'm not sure of origin, except that queer means odd. Something that doesn't exist like a three dollar bill is certainly odd.

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  • mast
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    3 years ago

    Three Dollar Bill

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  • 5 years ago

    Don't believe these queers, its revisionist PC history, the saying is "queer as a two dollar bill" and it means because a 2 dollar bill is queer.

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  • armiso
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    4 years ago

    3 Dollar Bill

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  • 1 decade ago

    My papaw use to say queer as a two dollar bill. Back when he was young, queer meant strange or wierd not homosexual. So they used that saying because 2 dollar bills were strange to them when they first came out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Queer as a three dollar bill, because two dollar bills are real. It means 'queer' as in 'it doesn't exist', as a three dollar bill doesn't exist. Obviously, two dollar bills do exist.

    • Stephen2 years agoReport

      Enough! Queer meaning: "odd, strange, unusual, funny". Its a $2 bill. It was odd. Not a largely circulated denomination. Makes up 3% of US currency. This has not stemmed from an obscure chiropractor passing out $3 coupons 40 years ago.

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