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Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:55:37 PM

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what Is the meaning of : what stands to me now

Here's the fragment : Why, when I was a nipper every morning of my life I had a cold bath, winter and summer. And that's what stands to me now.

I understand it as : 'and that's what stays with me now' (from those times)

Is that right?
shass
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:04:12 PM
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Xinfu
April 22, 2014, 12:43 PM
http://www.epubbooks.com/book/618/dubliners

“That’s my principle, too,” said my uncle. “Let him learn to box his corner. That’s what I’m always saying to that Rosicrucian there: take exercise. Why, when I was a nipper every morning of my life I had a cold bath, winter and summer. And that’s what stands to me now. Education is all very fine and large…. Mr. Cotter might take a pick of that leg mutton,” he added to my aunt.
“No, no, not for me,” said old Cotter.
My aunt brought the dish from the safe and put it on the table.
“But why do you think it’s not good for children, Mr. Cotter?” she asked.
“It’s bad for children,” said old Cotter, “because their minds are so impressionable. When children see things like that, you know, it has an effect….”

Do the red words mean 1. that is still important to me and 2.I don't want leg mutton?
poli
April 22, 2014, 02:43 PM
Not for me means for me, no.
Leg mutton is wrong. Leg of mutton is what's meant here.
Xinfu
April 22, 2014, 10:58 PM
Thank you~

But what does 'that’s what stands to me now. ' mean?
Rusty
April 23, 2014, 04:47 AM
He still maintains that having a cold bath is good for you.
poli
April 23, 2014, 07:43 AM
Please understand that James Joyce's use of English is not standard or commonly spoken. It is worth reading.
Xinfu
April 23, 2014, 08:14 AM
Thank you~
tunaafi
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:36:19 PM

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For those mystified by that last post, it appears to be based on this: ://forums.tomisimo.org/showthread.php?t=18051
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:07:49 PM

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Hello Sorin.

The fact that it is a book by James Joyce explains the 'unusual' English. He regularly invented his own phrases.

I think you are right - when something 'stands' it is, or continues to be, in some state so 'stays' is a good synonym.

He feels that having a cold bath is still the right thing to do.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:27:00 PM

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Thank you!
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