Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 02:00:00 LCL From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: buggy vs. cart > For some reason which is not clear to anybody I continually refer to the > shopping vehicle in grocery stores as a "carriage." When people in the > midwest questioned this I told them I assumed I learned it in NY, but on > further checking no NYers I know use it, nor does anyone in my family from > NY. So where did I get it? I always thought it must be an idiotisme (is > that the word in French?) but this mention of calling it a "buggy" leads me > to mention "carriage," in case anybody else has collected the term. > > Dennis (idiot savant) B > -- > Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] this doesn't sound unfamiliar to me (and i've lived in both places), but i'm wondering if it's by association with "baby carriage", which is a very similar thing, and which shopping carts are often used as. lynne ______________________________________________________________________ M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 South Africa "Language without meaning is meaningless." --Roman Jakobson