In my last post on the TRAVEL BOOKS challenge, I called it a twofer. Post it once and tag it twice with “Friendly Friday Challenge” and “What’s On Your Bookshelf”
It’s occurred to me that some people might be unfamiliar with the term. Some might even be less familiar with its homophone.
A twofer is North American slang for ‘two for one’ deals, commonly used in the fast food industry to encourage over-eating.
A twofer should not be confused with a two-four.
A two-four is Canadian slang for a case of beer, commonly used by university students to over-imbibe.
I say university students because that’s when I first heard the term. It along with keggers and pub night were synonymous with week-ends, spring break and general carousing. Not that I would know.
My student days were a long time ago. So much so that I’m not even sure if two-four is still a word anymore. Looking for the Molson Canadian image, I found images for packs of 6, 12, 18, 30, 48 and 60. Golly, times have changed.
Twofer is a relatively new term. I first heard it in commercials for burgers and pizza. In fact, 2-4-1 Pizza is the name of a popular chain in eastern Canada.
An equivalent marketing slang is Buy-One-Get-One-Free, sometimes shortened to BOGO.
I think BOGO is confusing. The first time I heard it was when a sales clerk was excitedly pushing a promotion to “Buy One and Get ONE!” I wasn’t quite as excited as I fully expected to get one if I was buying it. Wouldn’t you?!
Do you use these slang words in your part of the world? Do you have local equivalents or are they universally understood?
Let me know in the comments below. I am interested to see!