[Ads-l] You said "sleigh", I said "sled" [Was: Assorted]

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 27 17:04:58 EST 2017


Snobbish, high-income  (Upper) Washington Heights, especially those "sleighing" in Riverside Park.  In the upper Bronx, Van Cortland Park, I went "sledding".

Joel

      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
 To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
 Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 12:14 PM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] assorted
   
> On Feb 27, 2017, at 12:00 PM, Shawnee Moon <moon.shawnee at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Mailed from the Moon 🌜
> 
> 
> 
> Mailed from the Moon 🌜
>> On Feb 27, 2017, at 9:26 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>> 
>> "Dear lady, in the unlikely event that you’re on ADS-L at the age of 115 or so, I apologize (again)."
> 
> There you are, you untamed whippersnapper! I still walk with a limp!
> 
> I grew up in New Jersey, and never heard such a term. We went "sleigh riding" even though the term was incorrect, and should have been sled. Sled riding, or sledding, didn't have the right sound. We'd 'get on the sled, but once on, we were sleigh riding…
> 
Hey, I wrote “sleigh” in my message, then wondered if it could possibly have been right, but your mentioning it reminds me that indeed that’s what we (usually) called them—sleighs, rather than sleds.  “Go sleigh-riding” still sounds more natural than “sled-riding”, but for my kids in Connecticut, the object itself was definitely a sled.  For us in Washington Heights, it was a sleigh.  

LH
   

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