Wednesday, February 9, 2011
DOWN HOME COUNTRY GIRL TALK
I was working in Illinois and I asked one of the employees to "fetch" something and he asked, "Fetch--fetch--like a dog?" I answered, "No, not like a dog!" He said that he had only heard the term applied to a dog. I said, "Well, it's a perfectly good Anglo Saxon word--it's the only one which means to go get something and bring it back." He asked, "What kinda talk is that?' I answered, "It's DOWN HOME COUNTRY GIRL TALK!" After that, any time I would use what he considered an unusual word, he would ask, "Is that some more down home country girl talk?"
Yesterday, in relating this incident a friend asked, "What about RETRIEVE?" He also mentioned that he consulted his dictionary and that although fetch is a synonym for retrieve, his same dictionary does not give retrieve as a synonym for fetch. Go figure!