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This header prompted me to ask a question I've been meaning to askfor some time. I grew up in and ... However, a Midwestern friend says these things are called sacks where he comes from. Has anyone else noticed this dichotomy?

When I was growing up in Central Illinois, it was "paper sacks." What they call them here in Minnesota I couldn't really tell you. Somewhere along the line, whether while living in the East or living up here, I seem to have taken to calling them "paper bags."

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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This header prompted me to ask a question I've been ... where he comes from. Has anyone else noticed this dichotomy?

When I was growing up in Central Illinois, it was "paper sacks." What they call them here in Minnesota I ... whether while living in the East or living up here, I seem to have taken to calling them "paper bags."

Googling on
"fight his way out of a paper bag" - 335 hits
"fight his way out of a paper sack" - 7 hits
It's always been a paper bag for me.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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"fight his way out of a paper bag" - 335 hits "fight his way out of a paper sack" - 7 hits It's always been a paper bag for me.

Ditto for me (New England), but I know it's a "sack" down South, at least in parts of Virginia and Kentucky.

"bag lunch" - 324,000
"sack lunch" - 98,800
"fight his way out of a paper bag" - 335 ... 7 hits It's always been a paper bag for me.

"bag lunch" - 324,000 "sack lunch" - 98,800 "bag " - exactly one "sack " - 655

I expected more.
And who'da thunk "bag " was a Google whack?

Liebs
"bag lunch" - 324,000 "sack lunch" - 98,800 "bag " - exactly one "sack " - 655

Apologies to Nancy, who didn't write the two lines immediately above. The foolishness is entirely mine. I don't know how an angle bracket got in front of them.
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If memory serves, Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish

Uh-oh. Now you've gone and wook up Pope Maledict I.
If memory serves, Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish

Uh-oh. Now you've gone and wook up Pope Maledict I.

Who seem mysteriously at long last to have embraced the precept that if you can't say something nice, you should hold your peace.

I hope he's okay, healthwise. Bad health I would not wish on anyone. Have we had any word at all regarding the reason for his prolonged absence? He's been away now for over three months if my search results at dejaGoogle are to be believed.

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}>> If memory serves, Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish }>
}> Uh-oh. Now you've gone and wook up Pope Maledict I. }
} Who seem mysteriously at long last to have embraced the precept that if you } can't say something nice, you should hold your peace. }
} I hope he's okay, healthwise. Bad health I would not wish on anyone. Have } we had any word at all regarding the reason for his prolonged absence? } He's been away now for over three months if my search results at dejaGoogle } are to be believed.
Had anyone ever seen him and then-Cardinal Ratzinger in the same room at the same time?

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Uh-oh. Now you've gone and wook up Pope Maledict I.

Who seem mysteriously at long last to have embraced the precept that if you can't say something nice, you should ... prolonged absence? He's been away now for over three months if my search results at dejaGoogle are to be believed.

Last I heard (not too long ago), he was working on his next publication. When that's done, we may see him in AUE again.
Maria Conlon
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