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Hit's Hard to Hit Hit

Hit's Hard to Hit Hit 80 English Language Notes through 1923, but he may have gone home to his parents’ house for Christ­ mas 1921. 5 Robert Speaight, Life of Eric Gill (London: Methuen, 19)56) 87; Philip Hagreen, interviewed in 1989 by author. 6 Roman Martyrology, ed. J.B. O’Connell, 1922 translation (Westminster, Maryland: Newman Press, 1962) 279. 7 Davidjones, The Anathemata (London: Faber, 1952) 58. Subsequent page references to this text appear in parentheses. While I was studying at Oxford approximately a millennium ago, an English lady asked me to help her with an American­ ism. Several months earlier, while motoring through North Caro­ lina, she had asked a lad how far it was to Raleigh. “Hitsa neckpiece,” the lad answered, leaving her very much in the dark. “What do you suppose he meant?” I racked my brain until I found a solution. “Might he possi­ bly have said ‘Hit’s a fur piece’?” ‘Yes, those were his exact words.” This conversation reminded me of another one a decade earlier on our Florida plantation, El Destino, a few miles from Tallahassee, which had just been devastated by the boll-weevil. My parents were commiserating with the tenant farmer’s family on their front porch, but I was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2003 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
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2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-41.1.80
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80 English Language Notes through 1923, but he may have gone home to his parents’ house for Christ­ mas 1921. 5 Robert Speaight, Life of Eric Gill (London: Methuen, 19)56) 87; Philip Hagreen, interviewed in 1989 by author. 6 Roman Martyrology, ed. J.B. O’Connell, 1922 translation (Westminster, Maryland: Newman Press, 1962) 279. 7 Davidjones, The Anathemata (London: Faber, 1952) 58. Subsequent page references to this text appear in parentheses. While I was studying at Oxford approximately a millennium ago, an English lady asked me to help her with an American­ ism. Several months earlier, while motoring through North Caro­ lina, she had asked a lad how far it was to Raleigh. “Hitsa neckpiece,” the lad answered, leaving her very much in the dark. “What do you suppose he meant?” I racked my brain until I found a solution. “Might he possi­ bly have said ‘Hit’s a fur piece’?” ‘Yes, those were his exact words.” This conversation reminded me of another one a decade earlier on our Florida plantation, El Destino, a few miles from Tallahassee, which had just been devastated by the boll-weevil. My parents were commiserating with the tenant farmer’s family on their front porch, but I was

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2003

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