Posted by The Wise One on February 08, 2004
In Reply to: Thanks Henry posted by Lotg on February 07, 2004
: : : Yes I did find this in the PF browser and some other places too. And I know that 'het' is derived from hot, and it means not to get all worked up or heated up, etc. etc.
: : : What I'd like to know though, that I couldn't find, is where it originated. It sounds like something that would have come from America. But am I wrong, is it older than that, or from some other beginnings?
: : It's an old form of heated. Mrs Thatcher once accused an opponent of being 'frit' which is a Lincolnshire dialect term for frightened.
: : From Bartleby; Regional Patterns of American Speech, The American Frontier; Scots forms also appearing in the poetry of Robert Burns include het (heated). Many of these forms go back to Middle English, and all survive in current American Midland and Southern dialects.
: Frit - what a great word, I gotta use that somewhere.
I'm sure you will