[Ads-l] "get food"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jul 18 13:52:10 UTC 2015


I suspect an origin from present or former college students and teachers having to go stand on line at a cafeteria, rather than being served at table.  They have to go get their food rather than having it come to them.

Joel
 
 

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 From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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Charlie, I was using "get food" this way in grad school in 1975.  I still
use it for the stylistic eccentricity. My recollection is that I invented
it independently.

Not "Let's get some food."

"Let's [go] get food."

JL

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 10:22 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

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> My sister, who works at a junior college in northern California, mentioned
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> to me that college-aged persons nowadays seem not to say "Let's go to
> lunch=
> " or "Let's go eat" but rather "Let's get food." She speculates that a
> fact=
> or may be the prevalence of ambulatory eating.
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> I don't recall hearing "Let's get food" in Georgia--but I'll be listening.
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> Charlie
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