"He _garage-sales_ like crazy!"

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On Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:22:58 –0500
Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>

> A sister describing her brother, a hoarder whose compulsion manifests
> itself, among other ways, as a drive to search out yard sales in order
> to find stuff to add to his stash. Said hoarder, an Ohioan, also used
> "commode" in place of "toilet": "My stuff is eight feet high in the
> bathroom. It covers up the _commode_, so I have to go to the gas
> station to take care of that."


The verb _garage sale_ was pretty common in Iowa when I was growing up. Usually the form was "to go garage saling" or "She’s out garage saling." Also quite common: "to go antiquing."

Pat O’Conner

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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