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Re: GET LOST IN A BOOK

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 14, 2005

In Reply to: GET LOST IN A BOOK posted by PEGGY on November 13, 2005

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: question: I NEED TO FIND THE ORIGIN OF THE PHRASE "GET LOST IN A BOOK" IT IS A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT.
I don't think it has a discoverable origin. It's one of those obvious, natural metaphors; when somebody's attention is wholly taken up by something we talk of them being "lost" in contemplation, a reverie, self-pity, grief, whatever. And everybody who loves reading knows how easy it is to get "lost" in a book. However far you tracked this expression back, I don't think you could ever say confidently that the earliest use of it you could find was the first time it had ever been used.