Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 23, 2004
In Reply to: Too much sugar for a dime posted by ESC 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
: 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".