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Words: When t'Google is not enough
I didn't find a word about 'a bait of greens' on the search engine, but resort to a higher authority yielded blessed assurance
By Ed Waggener
This morning, up at 2amCT to run a checklist on infirmities brought on by significant passages of time, I suspected I had early onset of brain softening when I started the day off with a breakfast of leftover shoulder from Ol' Joe's and became confused over the description of the amount I had.
I was writing that I had had a "bait of of leftover shoulder from Ol' Joe's" and then worried if the word police would call my hand on "bait," or "bate." Generally, one can confirm any fool notion on Google. But I could not find the word "bait," so used. Fortunately, I remembered to consult a Higher Authority, "Jim."
Here's what he wrote back:
As I've stated before, the language of my childhood days in the Sacred Triangle is honey-sweet on my lips and music of a thousand harps to my ears. My goodness, the times I've heard my folks & others of their generation use the expression "bait of greens" and its double first cousin, "bait of sallet". It brought back a lot of memories, it did, along with a pang of pining for the somewhat gentler days of yore.Damned smart wordsman, Jim! By 7amCT, the world was right. I am relieved that brainpower is as stout as set up souse, that the South Central Kentucky tongue is still mumbled as she had ought to be, and that I can look forward to many more healthy baits of pickle dog as the 10593 day countdown commences to begin. -Ed
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