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Re: OT: Possible French idiom?

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 5:54
Trebor Jung wrote:
> Another question: Why in English do we say 'Slow down!' and 'Hurry > up!'? Why not 'Slow up!' and 'Hurry down!'? Or is this just how idioms > work - they make no sense - or is there some (historical?) reason for > using 'up' with one verb and 'down' with another?
Probably based on the "up is more" metaphor. If prices increase, they "go up", if one increases speed, one "speeds up". If temperature rises [itself another realization of "up is more"], it "heats up". Inversely, if prices decrease, they "go down", if speed decreases, one "slows down", if temperature falls, it "cools down". -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42