Date: Mon, 24 Jul 1995 19:09:06 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: *Regionalism "Put up": thanks & summary (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sat, 22 Jul 1995 17:16:48 -0400 From:NLGilbert[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] To: mphair[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], STUMPERS-LIST[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU Subject: *Regionalism "Put up": thanks & summary Dear stumpers, A week ago I'd asked about the regionalism "put up," which I'd only heard in my own family. During the week I saw my folks again, and Dad innocently boasted that he'd put up ingredients in his new bread machine in honor of my visit. Special thanks to Dan Goodman for forwarding my query to the American Dialect Society list, whence, among several interesting responses, Elizabeth Sklar matched my demographics pretty precisely and traced "put up" through Yiddish / Russian / East Coast origins. My guess is that it could be an Americanization of the Yiddish "oyf" ("up," same as German "auf," which means both "up" and "on"). Thanks to stumpers Beth Bojack, Montgomery Phair, Chana Lajcher, and Jean Lowerison/Roxanne Richards for sharing other regionalisms: "he don't," "gone up" (which I know as a theatrical term -- to "go up" on one's lines means to forget them), "Pick me down" (unique to Chana's toddling daughter, so far), and the Calypso-isms "Up the window" and and "Full a glass," respectively. Also thanks to Alison Hendon, who puts up coffee overnight as she puts out cats. With thanks for putting up with my off-topic request, Nina Gilbert (whose current irrelevant question might be, how long does one have to live at a new address before the ratio of wrong numbers in Spanish drops below 50% of one's phone calls) - - - - - - - - - - NLGilbert[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Music historian and choral conductor Falls Church, Virginia