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?


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?


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!