Not in anything by Jonathon? Should it be in a future work?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 3 22:26:31 UTC 2014

On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> Does "Hog" count (in HDAS)?

IMO, it counts as *extremely* revealing - I wasn't aware of those
particular BE uses of "hog" WRT cars at all. But, nevertheless, it's
distinct. "Roadhog" = specifically "Cadillac Sedan de Ville" is from
everybody's favorite speech-island, St. Louis.

Speaking of HDAS, while browsing through it, I was startled - shocked,
almost - to discover that BE "chinchy" = "stingy" is *not* peculiar to BE,
at all!

OTOH, I've become persuaded that what I've always heard as "alife" in
expressions like my grandfather's "Great stars alife!" and my grandmother's
"Goodness gracious alife!" really *is* "alife" and not a mishearing of
"alive" - as it usually occurs in literature - on my part.‎
Jan 6, 2014 - RiaJohanna: goodness gracious alife.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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