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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This is an interesting sign at the Wentzville, Missouri flea market. The sign reads “No dogs or pets on leashes on flea market grounds”. One could assume that dogs and pets are allowed without leashes. The English language is wonderful, but sometimes imprecise.

The rest of the flea market proved exciting with the following finds. The pitcher and bowl are silver plate, but it is nice to find petty objects at flea market prices. The little spoon is coin silver from the 1840s by a St. Louis silversmith and usually spoons of this type are hard to find.

The flea market sign reminded me of another sad occurrence in our language. Sometime ago the English expression “he went missing” crept into the American language and we have even extended this nonsense by our own creation of “he went dead”. Sometimes I think that only silver makes sense.

I hope all Mothers had a great weekend.

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iconnumber posted 05-09-2011 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "went missing" terminology drives me nuts too. Another one we noticed it that people say "he was laying on the floor" when they really mean "he was laying on the ground."

Anyway, glad to see a beautiful day at a flea market with a little silver. Thanks for sharing.

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iconnumber posted 05-09-2011 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi ahwt,
I believe it is a state law there. NO animals of any kind allowed under any circumstances leash or no leash. It may have come about due to people selling them at the market.
Looks like you had a great day! Love the pieces.


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iconnumber posted 05-09-2011 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But what's the point of a flea market without the dogs and cats to keep them on?

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iconnumber posted 05-10-2011 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point Adelapt. We go to another flea market called "Dog Days" and as the name suggests they have plenty of dogs and all kinds of other animals for sale or trade.

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iconnumber posted 05-10-2011 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, that should be,"lying on the ground". Lie means to rest or recline and lay means to put or place. One might be laying a book on the ground, but he would be lying on the ground.


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iconnumber posted 05-10-2011 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by adelapt:
But what's the point of a flea market without the dogs and cats to keep them on?

Maybe it isn't what it seems but only what it sounds like.

From Ask Yahoo:

After several unprofitable starts, a search on "flea market term" turned up the goods, sort of. It proved to be one of those tricky etymology questions that's almost impossible to answer with certainty. Nevertheless, we did uncover three plausible suggestions for the origin of "flea market."
The first theory, and the one most popular on the Internet, proposes that the term is a direct translation of the French March� aux Puces, a large, outdoor bazaar in Paris. This original market earned its name from the critter-infested goods it was rumored to sell.

The second theory alleges that the term was coined at a time when the slums and alleys of Paris were demolished and replaced by new construction. The dealers in second-hand goods who lived and worked in these old neighborhoods were forced to flee. The merchants' new gathering place was referred to as the "flee market," which later became "flea market."

The final theory associates the term with New York City's 18th century Fly Market. Apparently, the Dutch name for the market was vlie, which means valley but is pronounced "flea."

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