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Thread #40864   Message #1208944
Posted By: Joe_F
16-Jun-04 - 07:19 PM
Thread Name: Is 'Streets of London' a folk song
Subject: RE: Streets of London
Yes, "carrier bags". "Big shopping bags" must be an Americanization -- unnecessary, thinks this Yank, who guessed the meaning with no trouble.

Another Britishism I took note of is "on his own" in the sense "unaccompanied" rather than "unassisted". I might say an infant or an invalid could sit up on his own, but in my dialect at least, the context of the song would require "by himself" (which wouldn't rhyme).