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Don & doff (was: Natural Order of Events)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Thursday, January 29, 2009, 9:12
Michael Poxon wrote:
> In certain lects in Britain, I wouldn't say this pair is actually > obsolete, for instance in such phrases as "doffing your cap" to > someone. If it is obsolete, then it has only become so within living > memory.
'don' and 'doff' are not obsolete in Britain - tho their use is restricted. The main reason one doesn't hear "doffing your cap" much nowadays is, surely, simply because few, if any, now do this. When I was at school in the 1950s we were expected to wear caps when in school uniform (indeed, not to do so meant punishment) and we were expected to at least lift the cap slightly whenever we greeted a grown-up. I wouldn't use 'don' of putting on ordinary clothing. It's use IME is restricted to putting on special clothing or regalia. -- Ray ================================== ================================== CENEDL HEB IAITH, CENEDL HEB GALON. (A nation without a language is a nation without a heart) [Welsh proverb]


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>