Friday, June 10, 2011

World Wide Words: Bated breath

Let's try this again with the commentary that I not only originally intended, but actually wrote:

q1: The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe . . .

q2: For those who know the older spelling or who stop to consider the matter, baited breath evokes an incongruous image; Geoffrey Taylor humorously (and consciously) captured it in verse in his poem Cruel Clever Cat:

Sally, having swallowed cheese,
Directs down holes the scented breeze,
Enticing thus with baited breath
Nice mice to an untimely death.

From: http://ping.fm/JVVIl
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