Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 20:01:54 EST

From: Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU

Subject: Re: Proverbial Knowledge

I've always heard, "You pays your money and you takes your chances."

The verb form just sounds right for some intonational reason.

I've never heard the "choices" option. THere could be a valid

semantic difference here, beyond the gambling origin mentioned.

Whenever I paid the money, I had no choice: I got what I got. It

was strictly a chance. After I chose to "pays the money," I had no

choice. I had a chance. The phonological similarity notwithstanding,

I believe there is a proverbial difference.



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