Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 14:12:15 EST From: Orin Hargraves <100422.2566[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM> Subject: 3 Lexicographic Queries 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). 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? 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? Thanks very much for any input, direct if possible to me at: Orin Hargraves 100422.2566[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (freelance lex) 6 St. Philip's Road London E8 3BP ENGLAND