Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 19:44:15 +0000

From: Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BAYLOR.EDU

Subject: Re: good travel

Kusujiro Miyoshi wrote:

I'm teaching English at Junior College in Japan. Quite recently

one of my students said that she heard an American lady said "have

a good travel" in the sense that "spend as much time as possible for

traveling." Is this common among the Americans? I myself have

thought this expression just means "have a pleasant travel without

any accident."

i don't believe any native speaker of american english would say this.

she probably said "have a good trip" or "have a good vacation" or

something like that, since "travel" is not a count noun. i would

interpret "good" here as meaning "pleasant", but sometimes "pleasant"

means "long", when you're talking about traveling.



M. Lynne Murphy

Assistant Professor in Linguistics

Department of English

Baylor University

PO Box 97404

Waco, TX 76798