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 didnΒ΄t understand a word he was saying. It was like a different language. Paper or plastic?!
by Fernando Gonzalez October 14, 2005
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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?
by Jamocahchip June 10, 2010
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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.
by myhappydestiny September 15, 2010
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