Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:44:53 -0800
From: Allen Maberry maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Proverbial Knowledge
I know it as "chances". I've also heard the variant "You pay your nickel,
you take your chances."
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
On Wed, 13 Dec 1995, Alan S. Kaye wrote:
Re Dennis' question on "You pays your money..."
It goes back to the last century and it was a proverb not having
anything to do with gambling, but rather with peepshows.
Incidentally, anyone have the answer on the -s for "pays" and "takes",
which all my ESL students correct to "pay" and "take" saying that
the proverb contains 2 grammatical errors.
Alan Kaye, Linguistics, CSU, Fullerton, CA 92634
akaye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]fullerton.edu