Posted by Word Camel on June 25, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Harken posted by ESC on June 25, 2004
: : : : Weirdly, I have just seen both in print. Does anyone know?
: : : Hark back and harp on.
: : I've never heard 'harp' back before in this context. Besides I thought to 'harp' on something was pretty much to go on about it, nag about it, etc.
: : Wherease to 'hark back' is to go back to something which seems more relevant here. So I check out Merriam-Webster and it says this:
: : 1 : to turn back to an earlier topic or circumstance
: : 2 : to go back to something as an origin or source
: : So I'm going with the 'hark' option here, partly cos that's the one I'm familiar with and partly cos of the definition of the term 'hark back'.
: : I suppose someone could be accused of 'harping' back, like I'm doing now - ie. going on and on about it - but I don't believe that's the original saying.
: : So - Vote 1 - Hark. (for me anyway)
: Then there's "harken back to yesteryear." Was that ever an introduction to a TV program?
Thanks all. I thought it was hark Or harken too.
ESC, I think you might be thinking of the introduction to the Lone Ranger - I think it went "...return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear... THE LONE RANGER (music)". Clayton Moore was my first childhood crush. I used to blush durning that introduction. *grin*