Posted by Fran Oppenheimer on June 25, 2004
In Reply to: Too much sugar for a dime posted by Ward on June 23, 2004
: : : : : : TOO MUCH SUGAR FOR A NICKEL
: : : : : : Can you tell me where this saying originated?
: : : : : : Thanks, Fran O
: : : : : I wondering if it has to do with the saying, "Ten pounds of sugar in a five-pound sack," about a woman wearing a dress that is too tight.
: : : : The way I heard it was a snide remark suggesting that perhaps a woman was giving more than just what could be seen and being rewarded for her total contribution. This was a very unPC remark.
: : : I found this:
: : : You've got too much sugar for a dime....
: : : You're always handing me a line
: : : Always bragging 'bout what you've got
: : : Swimming pool, fancy yacht
: : : I bet you don't know nothin' bout a boat (They float)
: : : That's too much honey for my hive... (quit your buzzing queen bee)
: : : All you do is pitch a lot of jive
: : : http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/travis-merle/too-much-sugar-for-a-dime-1367.html
: : : The site says: this song is also performed on the Merle Travis tribute CD "Saturday Night Shuffle" (Shanachie 6006), and performed by his son Thom Bresh (also pretty close to what I transcribed I think).
: : : It sounds like that phrase means someone is bragging.
: : In some contexts I saw it used as meaning "It's too good to be true".
: I agree with Bruce. The thought was -- there's something else that I'm not seeing; it can't be the way it appears. I find it hard to believe.