ADS-L Digest - 29 Nov 2008 to 30 Nov 2008 (#2008-335)

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 1 18:03:56 UTC 2008

I think it's fairly common in the British Isles. In the song
"Archetype Cafe", by the English singer-songwriter Talis Kimberly, the
refrain is "And the Ladies' Historic Society meets down Archetype Cafe
at midnight", and I've heard/read it in other eastpondian sources.

Googling "down the corner" gives mostly hits for an art film from
Ireland (and "paint down the corner", etc.)

Mark Mandel

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 1:34 AM, Your Name <ROSESKES at> wrote:
> In a message dated 12/1/2008 12:00:52 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> "let's go across the park" = let's go across the street to the  park
> "let's go down the basement" = let's go down the stairs to the  basement
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Dunno if this helps, but in Central NY State, we often said  - and indeed,
> still say - "down cellar" for going down into the cellar;  and "down city" for
> going south to the city of Syracuse.
> My husband, who's from the west coast, laughs at me.  But to my ear,  these
> phrases sound perfectly normal!
> Rosemarie
> First things first - but not necessarily in  that order!

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