Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 22:13:12 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas" Subject: Re: "took a shine to" On Sat, 25 May 1996, Alicia Spiegel wrote: > While listening to an 'infomercial' on the television regarding an > exercise machine for older persons, I heard an elderly gentleman say that > 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 recall hearing the phrase "took a shine to exercising," but I have heard "took a shine to" all my life. I don't know its origin and don't have time to do any research right now. It means,"found myself simpatico with." Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. | Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Dep't of English, UT, Knoxville | EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower | (423) 974-6965 | FAX (423) 974-6926 Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 | See Webpage at