# Thread: by the pound - as we speak

1. ## by the pound - as we speak

Would you please tell me the meaning of 'by the pound' and 'as' in these pieces of a lyric?

The Couch Potato sits around.
He eats junk food by the pound.

He's at the theater as we speak.

2. ## Re: by the pound - as we speak

Originally Posted by atabitaraf
Would you please tell me the meaning of 'by the pound' and 'as' in these pieces of a lyric?

The Couch Potato sits around.
He eats junk food by the pound.

He's at the theater as we speak.
If you eat anything "by the pound", you eat a pound of it at one sitting. A pound is a weight measurement.
"As we speak" means "right now" - we are speaking right now and, at the same time, he is at the theatre.

3. ## Re: by the pound - as we speak

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
If you eat anything "by the pound", you eat a pound of it at one sitting. A pound is a weight measurement.
"As we speak" means "right now" - we are speaking right now and, at the same time, he is at the theatre.
Not exactly one pound, of course. The idea is that if you were to measure what he ate, the unit of measure you would use is the pound. (And not the ounce, which is 16 times smaller and the unit usually used to measure food.)

4. ## Re: by the pound - as we speak

Just for the OP's information (in case he uses the metric system): Let me google that for you (pounds to kilograms).

5. ## Re: by the pound - as we speak

Yes, 2.2 pounds per kilogram. So a pound is roughly half a kg (in the same way a kilometer is roughly half a mile).

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