Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Double dipping

A question: have you heard of the term 'double dipping' and, if so, where did you hear it and what do you understand it to mean?

6 comments:

Dr Walpurgis said...

Seinfeld. The episode called 'The Implant':

[George walks over to the snack table as Timmy watches him from across the room. He takes a chip from the bowl, dips it, takes a bite, and then dips again. Timmy hurriedly comes over.]

TIMMY: What are you doing?

GEORGE: What?

TIMMY: Did...did you just double-dip that chip?

GEORGE: Excuse me?

TIMMY: You double-dipped the chip!

GEORGE: "Double-dipped"? What are you talking about?

TIMMY: You dipped the chip. You took a bite. [points at the dip] And you dipped again.

GEORGE: So...?

TIMMY: That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip! From now on, when you take a chip - just take one dip and end it!

GEORGE: Well, I'm sorry, Timmy...but I don't dip that way. [takes a chip]

TIMMY: Oh, you don't, huh?

GEORGE: No. [dips the chip] You dip the way you want to dip...[bites the chip] I'll dip the way I want to dip. [dips the chip again]

TIMMY: Gimme the chip! [grabs George and the chip goes flying] Gimme the chip! [they struggle in front of the snack table]

Anonymous said...

buying the same film on DVD twice, due to different print/extras etc...

Stephen Grimes said...

Something to do with very strong acid if i remember rightly from my warehouse/acid house parties days back in the late 80's,always remember everyone talking about 'double-dipped strawberries' and 'double-dipped purple ohm's'.
Better not say anymore :-)

Cinefantastique Online said...

The first time I heard "double dipping" was in reference to direct-to-video movies. Usually, they go out on video and then show up later on late-night cable. Every once in a while, one is prestigious enough to rate a "debut" on HBO; then they come out on video, and after that they show up on cable again. So it's two separate cable sales, hence "double dipping."

Jean-Yves said...

Double dips are a now rare term in venture financings, through which VCs get their money back and get to share in the remaining proceeds on as-if converted basis. I am sure that's not what you had in mind, Keith.

Ross Horsley said...

In the DVD context, I'd also understand it to mean upgrading to a "better" DVD release of a film you already own, as Anonymous suggested. I think I've even triple-dipped in the past. Argh!