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What's with the ??

Posted by R. Berg on February 17, 2003

In Reply to: What's with the ?? posted by ESC on February 17, 2003

: : : In response to a post on the archived board:

: : : TO COTTON TO (THING OR PERSON) -- " was used by Dickens (Old Curiosity Shop) more than a hundred years ago with just the present meaning, to get along with or to like a thing or person. The origin is lost, but probably referred in some manner to the readiness with which cotton adheres to a napped surface. From "2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions from White Elephants to a Song and Dance" by Charles Earle Funk (Galahad Book, New York, 1993).

: : The saying is recorded in a play as early as 1605. Clearly the saying is a lot older.

: My original post has random ?? question marks. Very strange.

Maybe the forum has developed a mind of its own, after the manner of an AI, and is now inserting question marks when it doubts the truth of a post. There's material for a screenplay here.