Re: CHAT: Southern word
|From:||Dennis Paul Himes <dennis@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, March 26, 2000, 20:15|
John Cowan <cowan@...> wrote:
> "Unleaded", specifically, lacking in tetraethyl lead, ...
> For a while the two were sold side by side (from different
> gas pumps), and you still hear people asking for "unleaded"
> gasoline, although it is now all unleaded.
Which lead to a shift in the meaning of the word "regular" when applied
to gasoline. It used to mean "leaded", but now means, "the most common
grade", or something like that. For a while there you could hear "regular
unleaded", which just a few years earlier had been an oxymoron.
Dennis Paul Himes <> email@example.com
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