Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 17:51:14 CDT From: Mike Picone 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". Mike Picone University of Alabama MPICONE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UA1VM.UA.EDU