Re: off-topic - bated breath
>"Waiting with baited breath" is a joke derived from the old adage "waiting
>with bated breath." To bate meant either to restrain, check or, sometimes,
>to flutter. So waiting with bated breath meant holding one's breath.
>Waiting with baited breath, on the other hand, meant having eaten something
>smelly intended variously to attract or repel a conversation partner.
If one has to choose between holding one's breath for six weeks (G)
or eating garlic or aged cheese, I'll opt for the latter. I repel
a lot of folks with my conversation anyway. :-((
Ellen Gallagher email@example.com
Ellen Gallagher "I yam what I yam!"
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