[LMB] All hollow was Re: Milkweed and mutations

Katherine Collett kcollett at hamilton.edu
Thu Oct 17 17:54:04 BST 2019


On Oct 16, 2019, at 9:45 PM, Jane Hotchkiss <focsle1928 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> Gretchen Wright asks about the currency of the expression "to beat something all hollow."
> 
> I grew up near & still live in Chicago, so I'm geographically closer to Eric & Lois than most of you. I don't have much occasion to use the phrase, but I don't feel it's archaic, just very slang-y. Possibly a Midwesternism, but I don't really think it's that narrow.

I grew up in Massachusetts and it also feels familiar to me — I may have used it occasionally?  But my father was from Wisconsin, my mother from the state of Washington, and my grandmother grew up in Kentucky, so I’m not a very useful geographic datapoint.

Katherine



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