[Ads-l] baby cabs

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 28 04:45:55 UTC 2015


Thanks to Joan Hall for her information rich response about "baby
cabs". Her message beautifully illustrates the breadth, power, and
value of the Dictionary of American Regional English.
Garson


On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM, Joan Hall <jdhall at wisc.edu> wrote:
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> Poster:       Joan Hall <jdhall at WISC.EDU>
> Subject:      baby cabs
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> 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>
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> 1 =baby carriage 1.
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>   *   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.
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>   *   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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