Real Talk, in which I explain why we say weird things like “plugged nickel” or “cat’s pajamas.” Also, a place where I can send my boyfriend when he asks the meaning of weird phrases like “plugged nickel” or “cat’s pajamas.”
“This blog ain’t worth a plugged nickel!”
Opinions, aside, the phrase “plugged nickel” originated from the time when U.S. coins had actual valuable metals in them. Enterprising hoodlums and urchins (one assumes) would drill a hole into the coin and fill it in with a lesser metal, rendering the coin worthless.
(Not all of these can be winners, OK?)