Wednesday, February 9, 2011


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!

1 comment:

Mona Lisa said...

So how do you think "fetching" became a word for attractive?