[Ads-l] baby cabs

Joan Hall jdhall at WISC.EDU
Fri Sep 25 19:26:43 UTC 2015


Re: "Do we know from the context what Steven's $5 baby cabs might be?  Given the date, I suspect they're not bottles of young cabernet, or taxis. "
No, afraid not. DARE has:
baby cab n
Also cab  chiefly North Central<http://www.daredictionary.com/search?rcode=region.N%20Cent>

1 =baby carriage 1.

  *   1901 DN<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=D#bibl_919> 2.137 MI,<http://www.daredictionary.com/search?f_0=reglabel&q_0=MI> Cab. . . Baby carriage.
  *   1949 Kurath Word Geog.<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=K#bibl_8404> 77, In the southeastern counties of Ohio baby cab stands by the side of baby buggy and baby carriage.
  *   1950 WELS<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=C#bibl_4822> 1 Inf, seWI,<http://www.daredictionary.com/search?f_0=reglabel&q_0=seWI> Baby cab; 3 Infs, Cab.
  *   1962 PADS<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=A#bibl_3616> 38.59, Words receding in the Midland dialect area of northern Illinois. . . baby cab.
  *   1962 Salisbury Quoth the Raven<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=S#bibl_11034> 113 AK,<http://www.daredictionary.com/search?f_0=reglabel&q_0=AK> The long plank walk makes use of the baby cabs possible.
  *   1967-69 DARE<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=D#bibl_846>
Qu. N42, Vehicles . . a baby . . can lie down in
Infs IL32, IA11, IN69, 73, 83, MI81, 106, OH56, Baby cab.

  *   1973 Allen LAUM<http://www.daredictionary.com/bibliography?letterHeading=A#bibl_3567> 1.341, Baby cab . . survived the Midland migration westward, but its low vitality outside Iowa hints at a current decline.

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