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In a message dated 2000/04/24 10:46:50 PM:

>> IMHO borrowing from Yiddish.  Another possible borrowing: use of "a fruit"
>> for native form "a piece of fruit".  "Have a fruit" now good English,
>> but a century ago ungrammatical.
>
>Not in my dialect.  "Have some fruit" or "Have a [kind of fruit]"

ellipsis my father's style: just one word "fruit" then he shoves it in
person's face. Sometimes adds "Eat"... if he thinks you are to dumb or slow
(many yrs later I discovered that this gruffness was a Cantonese male thing.
You sometimes see it depicted in bad kung fu movies...hehe...)

    zHANg