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}>> If memory serves, Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish }> }> Uh-oh. Now you've gone and ... are to be believed. Had anyone ever seen him and then-Cardinal Ratzinger in the same room at the same time?

What do you want to bet that those who have can't tell you on account of having been sworn to secrecy on pain of excommunication.

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When I was growing up in Central Illinois, it was ... 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.

To be unable to manage one's way out of a brown paper bag describes the dilemma of the alcoholic hereabouts. The Government store puts the bottles in brown paper bags.
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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."

Is the bag/sack boundary related to the soda/pop boundary, at least the part the traverses the Great Lakes states? I have the impression it might be, although on this side of the water it's "bag" and "pop".
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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 hold your peace.

Hold this piece, fiddler!
I vomit on your vile viola da gamba, you vishy-vashy vermin.

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

Hold this piece, fiddler! I vomit on your vile viola da gamba, you vishy-vashy vermin.

Aha! It appears that our resident Bavarois is around and paying attention and in fine fettle. We can call off the search parties.

Good to see that any worries were unfounded, and that we may therefore expect a another publication to hit the presses real soon now?
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This header prompted me to ask a question I've been meaning to ask for some time. I grew up in ... However, a Midwestern friend says these things are called sacks where he comes from. Has anyone else noticed this dichotomy?

To me a sack is made of woven fibre, a bag is made of smooth stuff (plastic, leather, paper).
There may be exceptions, though, and I believe Americans say "burlaop bag" where I would say "hessian sack".
Repentinng in bagcloth and ashes just doesn't seem to have the same cachet.

But hey, it's Easter today, and I left my bagcloth garment at the church.

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Don't you say "He let the cat out of the bag?" But then, there's "Kits, cats, sacks, and wives: how many are going to Altoona?"

"Altoona"? Good grief, it doesn't even rhyme.

Katy Jennison
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Don't you say "He let the cat out of the bag?" But then, there's "Kits, cats, sacks, and wives: how many are going to Altoona?"

"Altoona"? Good grief, it doesn't even rhyme.

I know. Some of my favorite Pogo (comic strip by Walt Kelly) sequences are ones where the denizens of the Okeefenokee Swamp read, re-enact, and argue about the meaning of classic nursery rhymes. That line is from one of them, when Pogo (I think) is trying to explain to stubborn Albert why the answer to the St. Ives riddle is "one."
They also did "Who Killed Robin?" and "Froggie Went a-Courtin'."

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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?

To me a sack is made of woven fibre, a bag is made of smooth stuff(plastic, leather, paper). There may be exceptions, though, and I believe Americans say "burlaop bag" where I would say "hessian sack".

I say both burlap bag and gunny sack.
Potatoes come in sacks. Coal, flour, etc do, too. Maybe the size of the package makes a difference with some commodities?
I had been thinking, like you, of the soft, shapeless materials for sacks. Remember sack dresses? When was that, the 60s?
And. . .Confucius say: sakanuki.
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