it's interesting that all three of your examples could be heard in Australia in those over say 50 but still I can't think of hearing any one use set her cap at. Is it a well worn joke that one about the Geordie hymn - "fookhim"?
On 11/02/2013, at 10:52 PM, David Boyd wrote:
Probably just survived slightly into presentday English culture / idiom but never, because there wasn't the same,stable, cultural contnuum, migrated to American - eg, do Americans tend to refer to liking the cut of someone's jib or taking a shine to someone or pillorying someone?
On 11 February 2013 10:19, P <[log in to unmask]>
Can anyone in this illustrious litterarily and linguistically advantaged motley crew advise me as to why a Geordie in the 20th/21st Century would use the 18th/19th C. phrase "set her cap at" meaning to attempt to attract a member of the male sex?
Multi-thx in advance.