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Re: off-topic - bated breath

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: off-topic - bated breath
  • From: "Walter A. Moores" <wam2@Ra.MsState.Edu>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 17:16:55 -0700 (MST)

On Wed, 26 Feb 1997, J. Michael, Celia or Ben Storey wrote:

> Ellen asks
> >        I am waiting with baited breath (what does that mean anyway ? )
> >        for the tons of '97 catalogs I ordered.
> "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.
> celia
> storey@aristotle.net  USDA Zone 7b
> Little Rock, Arkansas

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