Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 17:51:14 CDT
From: Mike Picone MPICONE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UA1VM.BITNET
Subject: shopping cart/caddie
Dennis Baron asked (parenthetically):
For some reason which is not clear to anybody I continually refer to the
shopping vehicle in grocery stores as a "carriage." ...
So where did I get it? I always thought it must be an idiotisme (is
that the word in French?)...
The most ususual word in France is _caddie_ which used to be a brand name
for this sort of device and is a name borrowed from the Anglicized
terminology of golf. Sometimes one also hears _chariot_, which is short
for _chariot de supermarche'_. In French, the usual meaning for _chariot_
is concerned with the totally inglorious transport of merchandise in various
cart-like devices equiped with wheels. I am reminded of one of the worst
mistranslations of a movie title from English to French: "Chariots of
Fire" "Les chariots de feu". All the sense of speed and glory is lost
in the French version. The allusion comes from an English poet building,
no doubt, on the Biblical account of Elijah taken up in the fiery "char".
University of Alabama
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