Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 15:26:00 -0400 From: "David A. Johns" Subject: Re: "took a shine to" At 10:24 AM 5/25/96 -0500, you wrote: >> he "took a shine to exercising". I've only heard this once before in my >> life. Any idea how this came about, and what it really means? > >I don't know where it came from, but I've heard it all my life as an >expression meaning to like something immediately. > --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > I've heard it all my life, and I grew up in New England. But it doesn't sound quite right applied to an activity; I think I would use it only of people. I also seem to have a sense that the "shine" was unexpected, as in an adult taking a shine to an unruly child. David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA