[LMB] All hollow was Re: Milkweed and mutations

Deborah Dempsey deborahsdempsey at gmail.com
Thu Oct 17 18:05:29 BST 2019


If that don't beat the devil!

On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 12:54 PM Katherine Collett <kcollett at hamilton.edu>
wrote:

> 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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