Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 15:02:51 -0400 From: Elizabeth Martinez 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 Both these terms sound familiar to me too. I grew up in NY City (Queens) and I remember the term "shopping cart" (no abbreviations, i.e., cart) in certain contexts, such as "Go get a shopping cart"; but I remember using "carriage" in other contexts:"Get in the carriage" or "I want to get in the carriage