Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 18:11:17 -0400
From: E Wayles Browne ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORNELL.EDU
Subject: Re: contempt vs. content
On Fri, 8 Sep 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:
I just received a message from someone in Virginia who is familiar
with the expression,
"Familiarity breeds contempt,"
but has never heard,
"Familiarity breeds content."
I, who have lived primarily in the western states (CA, WA, and UT),
had only heard the "content" version. Are both versions in common
usage now or has one of us merely misheard something?
utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]admin.712.nebo.edu
I know only "contempt"--I've lived in Massachusetts, Maryland, and now
New York State.
Wayles Browne, Cornell U. Dept. of Linguistics