An item on a BBC Radio 4 programme today included some interviews in a Tyneside market. A market trader was heard selling his wares with the cry, “Best bananas. Two pounds for a pound!”
[Article by Martin Ward]
The trader was apparently using the practice of advertising the price of goods “per 2 lb” to make them sound cheaper than using the standard per kilogram price. But I wonder if I was not alone in my initial assumption that he meant “£2 for a lb” and not “2 lb for a £”?