reply to post by itinerantseeker
They say it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
I still find the way Americans respond to me asking someone to "fetch" me from somewhere in total horror? And they are frequently totally offended
despite the fact that I obviously have an accent and "American" is not my first language, though English is.
"fetch1 /fɛtʃ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [fech] Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb (used with object) 1. to go and bring back; return with; get: to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
2. to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor.
3. to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.): The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
4. Informal. to charm; captivate: Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
5. to take (a breath).
6. to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
7. to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
8. to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
9. Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at: to fetch port.
10. Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
–verb (used without object) 11. to go and bring things.
12. Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
13. Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
14. to go by an indirect route; circle (often fol. by around or about): We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
–noun 15. the act of fetching.
16. the distance of fetching: a long fetch.
17. Oceanography. a. an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
b. the length of such an area.
18. the reach or stretch of a thing.
19. a trick; dodge.
—Verb phrases20. fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
21. fetch up, a. Informal. to arrive or stop.
b. Older Use. to raise (children); bring up: She had to fetch up her younger sisters.
c. Nautical. (of a vessel) to come to a halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; bring up.
—Idiom22. fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks. "