Date: Wed, 10 May 1995 14:10:01 -0500 From: Molly Dickmeyer Subject: Not For Nothin' -Reply The south central Pennsylvania Dutch equivalent is "makes no nevermind." In the stoic German Protestant way, it is also a way of denigrating one's own achievements so as not to appear too proud, of letting someone off the hook, and of indicating that you don't have a preference, among others. It is an appropriate response to all of the following questions: "That's a lovely barn you've built." (in the sense of "Aw, shucks") "I'm so sorry I ran over your tulip bed." (in the sense of "That's OK") "Do you want scrapple or pork roll with your breakfast? (in the sense of "It doesn't matter to me one way or the other") "I'd like to be an astronaut someday." (in the sense of "It makes no difference what you want, you won't get it") Molly Dickmeyer Medical Editor and former hick dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]