~M (lollipop_melon) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Peculiar Question

My friend, a native speaker of Korean, has been using a Korean company's "Learn English by Watching American Sitcoms" series. Even though the program tends to explain things, my friend still asks me questions.
Most recently my friend came to me to ask me what "head of socks" meant.
Head of socks... Huh???
It comes from this episode of King of Queens
It's taken from the first 30 seconds of the show. The English teaching program claims that Doug says he's "head of socks" and 'head of socks' is an expression used to mean that someone is out of socks. Also, that this phrase can be used in other situations - if someone were out of quarters they'd be "head of quarters."

It might just be me... but when I watch this clip I hear Doug say he's "outta socks." Though, when I listen closely I do hear a kind of 'h' sound. So I'm wondering if this is a phrase used in certain areas of the States that I'm just not familiar with? Or if it's just sloppy pronunciation??? Or, if there's a bit of people who insert the h sound there....??

Also, later on in the clip - at about 1:56 - Carrie is saying that they could use their disposable income to "Start an 'eye-rah'" She wants to start saving for their retirement...
How do you say IRA? Do you say it like Carrie or do you just say the names of the letters like I. R. A.???

Thanks!!!
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