You got your X and you got your Y

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 15 05:07:25 UTC 2009

I think of it as bra sizing.  To brasize.  First you got the A, then the B, the C and the D.  That's the biggest.    Pop Costanza teaching son George in a Seinfeld episode.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+ 
see phonetic spelling

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> I'm trying to get a handle on a particular way of listing things in a didactic fashion.
> For example, in one of my son's "Curious George" films, there's a scene in which someone is telling someone else about Christmas trees and says something like, "You got your pines, you got your cedars, you got your soft pines and your hard pines" etc., etc. Any number of examples can be found online.
> It's highly informal, kind of the mirror image of "one" in the third person singular. It tends to happen when one party is impart information or details to another.
> Any notion where there's something written about this? Or what it might be called? Or do you have any opinions about it?
> Thanks, in any case.
> Grant Barrett
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