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Go Out for the Messages

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  • Not sure I agree with the derivation suggested; surely as the goods are your groceries, it is likely that the connection is to the “mess” of “mess hall”, “mess of pottage”, etc., and is to do with the fact it’s foodstuffs? I’m sure that I was told the root was Old French “mes”, a “portion of food”. This sense does derive ultimately from the same Latin which gives us “message” and “messenger” in their communications meanings, but I think that the distinction happened earlier than you suggested in the programme.
    Oh, and you *can* “run” or “go a message” (singular) to indicate a brief errand/ shopping trip, at least in NE Scotland where I come from, and probably elsewhere in Scotland too.

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