Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 16:05:12 -0800
From: "Joseph B. Monda" monda[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SEATTLEU.EDU
Subject: Re: 3 Lexicographic Queries
On Fri, 3 Feb 1995, Orin Hargraves wrote:
I would appreciate comments on any of the following; consulting American
dictionaries has proved either unhelpful or contrary to my instincts:
BUM STEER: Does it apply only to advice and information, or can it be material
(e.g., His new car/girlfriend turned out to be a bum steer).
I have heard it only in reference to information. "He gave me a bum
steer on that investment" or the like. Wrong information.
CAKEWALK: I remember this to be a sort of glorified musical chairs activity with
cakes as prizes, typically played at a school or church function; dictionaries
call it a dance competition. What do you think it is?
I've heard it applied to a very easy task. "He won in a cakewalk"
DRAFT vt: The lady at the YMCA in Hanover PA tells me that she'll "draft me" or
"draft my account", meaning that the Y will collect my dues monthly by automatic
payment from my checking account. Is this standard American usage? Do we have
fixed terms for what Brits call standing order and direct debit?
I haven't heard it used in this way, only as applied to forced enlistment
(even in things other than the military)
Joseph B. Monda email: monda[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]seattleu.edu
smail: English Department Seattle University
Seattle WA 98122