Fwd: question

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Sat Feb 5 01:57:09 UTC 2005

>>The Rabbi, Jim Ponet, asks:
>>... explain if you will the structure "Not to worry."  Does it emulate
>>anything Yiddish.  Then there's "to kill for,"  "to die for."
"Not to worry" has a kind of breezy quality that suggests to me that it's
a case of  lowering the imperative tone of "I'm telling you not to worry!"
No particular foreign influence.
"To kill for" & "to die for," OTOH, do have a kind of Yiddish or German
resonance, to my ear, at least.
A. Murie

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