A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time. March 15, 2010Posted by tyjorg in What I Learned Tonight.
Tags: 1/100th, jif, jiffy, peanutbutter, time
What I learned tonight is a ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time. It is more than just saying “be there in a jiffy” it is 1/100th of a second. To many of you jiffy might be peanut butter or some slang word use to describe how long it will take you to get somewhere or send something or calling someone back. Jiffy is commonly used for some time really short. No one is sure how short a jiffy is because it is different every time. Someone might say text so and so and tell them we are leaving soon and you might say “ok, in a jiffy”. So that probably means less than a minute. Now you might text and say “be there in a jiffy.” Now this might be 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 5 minutes, 32 minutes or more. That is where a jiffy gets confusing.
Let’s see what the dictionary has to say about jiffy, “blink of an eye: a very short time”. Ok wow, a blind of an eye is short then, how can you text some one in a jiffy or get to someone’s house in a jiffy. I can’t even get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ready in a jiffy. Which is odd because jiffy is a brand of peanut butter. I guess that goes back to the first of this it is 1/100th of a second. Think of a second and then think of a second as a line like this “________”. Now divide that line into 100 parts, that’s 1/100th of a second. That means it is really fast. Fast as a blink of an eye.
On second thought I think the peanut butter brand might be called “jif” not “jiffy”. It is probably not a good idea to say be there in a jiffy because there is no way you can get some where in 1/100th of a second. You could probably say be there in a jif though. I mean it seems like you are just shortening the word jiffy but really you are just say “peanut butter brand”. This is way more proper and will score you many life points. Life points are very important, maybe most important.