[Ads-l] "Go pear-shaped"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 28 01:11:16 UTC 2014


I would consider "get the sack" a 'Britishism'.
On Oct 27, 2014 8:47 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at udel.edu> wrote:
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> > I wrote about "go pear-shaped" as a "Not One-Off Britishism" here:
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> > ritishisms.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/go-pear-shaped/
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> "fire"/"sack"
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> "Sack," in the meaning, "fire," is a Briticism?!
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> Youneverknow.
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> It must have been adopted a *very* long time ago! Ca. 1492?
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