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The lurch, what is it but a place to be left?

Posted by Keith Rennie on November 30, 2004

I am always intrigued by words and phrases that have been reduced (apparently) to one solitary function. Like "the lurch" (n, preceded by definite article). Apart from being left in one, what is it, where did it come from, who discovered it, where can I find one, and what else was it good for in days gone by? Why does it never get full? CAn you reclaim "left" things from it, as in Lost and Found?
I'm off to bed now, and will check in tomorrow to see what bright ideas you wonderful people have.