Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 16:05:12 -0800 From: "Joseph B. Monda" 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] smail: English Department Seattle University Seattle WA 98122