Date: Wed, 2 Oct 1996 12:18:24 EDT
From: Orin Hargraves 100422.2566[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM
Subject: trade-like and trade-last
Many years ago my stepmother said she had a "trade-like" for me. I'd never heard
of this, and she explained that it was a compliment someone had paid me, which
she offered to repeat if I would tell her something complimentary I'd heard
about her. To me this sounded like a bizarre, manipulative ritual that could
only have developed in her family.
I was surprised then when I found in MW10 the other day the following:
trade-last: a complimentary remark by a third person that a hearer offers to
repeat to the person complimented if he or she will first report a compliment
made about the hearer.
Are either of these terms in anyone's active vocabulary? Does anyone actually do
this? Where do these terms come from? Any info appreciated.
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