Expression that denotes a mental shock, particularly when somebody asks something totally new in a difficult, alien or unknown dialect.
It originated from the shocking experience of immigrants shopping in an American supermarket, when asked about paper or plastic bags; it is a common first culture shock.
1) I didn´t understand a word he was saying. It was like a different language. Paper or plastic?!
(Idiom) Cash or Credit card?
Paper or plastic, Coco Mademoiselle?
A question one asks when one is told of a very ugly girl. In effect, it is asking whether this girl should take to wearing a paper sack over her head, or whether she's so incredibly fuck-awful that the only thing left is for her to suffocate herself with a plastic bag.
Dude, I met this chick at a Wendy's the other night. She was super into me. Too bad she was fugly
How bad? Like, paper or plastic?
Cash or credit card?
Grocery cashier: Your total comes to $13.37. Paper or plastic?
Referring to safe sex practices, requiring either STD test results (paper) or condom (plastic).
I told my new boyfriend that when we get ready to have sex, it's either paper or plastic, that's my policy.