Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 06:17:37 -0500

From: "Suzanne Legault: English" E7E4LEG[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TOE.TOWSON.EDU

Subject: Re: Proverbial Knowledge

Subj: Proverbial Knowledge

"You pays your money and you takes your choice.


I always heard it as "takes yer cherce"--a `pseudo-dialectal' pronunciation,

mimicing, I guess, the same folks who thought "ersters" were good for the

"verse." [Down East Yankees?]

I imagine the pronunciation was intended to convey "folk" authority to the


When all the versions are in, may we also have some glosses, as well as

some discourse situations in which would be appropriate? I've just realized

that I would fare ill were it presented as an item of a psychological test

assessing metaphorical thinking.