"My children are in the service"
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Aug 11 20:07:30 UTC 2001
Does anyone know the meaning of the phrase "in the service" as used by
I have occasionally heard it in the expression "my child is in the service"
or "my children are in the service".
I asked several African-American co-workers and they were baffled. Some
thought it meant "in the military" (but wouldn't a proud parent specify Army,
Navy, etc.?). One suggested it meant in Christian ministry ("in the service
of the Lord").
- Jim Landau
"English is the result of the efforts of Norman men-at-arms to make dates
with Saxon barmaids, and no more legitimate than any of the other results."
- H. Beam Piper
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