Despite the Kipling comeback,

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 5 03:47:22 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> Better might be utterances like "I am laying on the bed" vs. "I am lying on the bed."

True. But such banal examples have been done to death.;-)

As for _lay up_, I heard it used in the command.

"Now, hear this! [rpt] The following-named [human resources] lay up to
the troop-commander's office, this time! I say again! Lay up to the
troop-commander's office, this time!"

used on the troopship all too many times, a loudspeaker a ciuple of
feet in diameter being located, by sad coincidence, at the foot of my
bunk and facing me.

"this time" < "at this time" = "immediately"?

And, of course. people routinely "laid up," e.g. with a cold, as I happen to be.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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