End of ADS-L Digest - 25 Mar 1994 to 27 Mar 1994 ************************************************ There are 13 messages totalling 230 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "Off" (again) (2) 2. Wisconsin accent (7) 3. Clinton's speech (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 28 Mar 1994 09:29:00 CST From: Tom Murray Subject: "Off" (again) Here's one for the "For What It's Worth" file, regarding "off" (as in "off ox," etc., which has gotten so much attention of late): James Herriot, in his late st book (Every Living Thing, 1992, Canadian paperback edition, p. 209), writes, "The cow was lame in the off hind foot, and as I bent down and put a finger be tween the cleats, she aimed a warning kick at me." Surely this "off" is the sa me as the one in "off ox"? Herriot uses the phrase with absolutely no explanat ion--could it be something he's picked up in Yorkshire? Or, since he's origina lly from Glasgow, could it be something native to Scots English?