Of late, since I seem to have nothing better to do, I became immersed in the odd relationship between fetch and fetching.
I associate the word ‘fetch’ with dogs. When playing catch with a dog and a stick or ball is thrown the owner yells, “Go fetch!” I have heard this phrase many times, though in truth the dog knows to go fetch; he or she does not have to be told. They love to fetch.
I am also aware that ‘fetch’ can imply what something costs, though this is a somewhat archaic usage. I have not heard, “It fetched a good price” in a long time. So let us stick to ‘fetch’ defined as retrieving, to grab, seize, catch, and so on.
Okay, now we come to the word fetching. It means charming, enchanting, alluring, captivating, and is most used in describing a woman, or at least it once was, as in “She has a fetching appearance.” It was once a way of saying, “Man she’s hot!” And that phrase once meant something else. But anyway, how do we get from a dog fetching to a comely woman? How do we associate a dog with a cute woman?
I know chauvinistic men would like a woman to fetch them a beer on demand, but that is not me. I can fetch my own thank you.
Was there something sinister behind the similarity of the two words, some wordsmith conspiracy to layer an insult to women, that they were dogs? I had to uncover the truth.
I went to a well known establishment that provides haircuts, or styling if you will, to men; the establishment a national one that has fetching young ladies that cut your hair, a cut that fetch’s a good price mind you. I posed the question to the young woman cutting my hair about fetch and fetching. Leave it to a woman to figure it out.
She cut to the heart of the matter with the quickness of the snip of a scissor. “Fetch means the woman is worth fetching.”
I had to laugh, though I felt like a dog for thinking there was some conspiracy. I must refrain from saying a terrible pun like offering a beautiful diamond ring will fetch the woman. That would be improper. Because you see, it is the woman tossing the ball or stick and the man, the dog that he is, will fetch it. And that is because the woman is so fetching the man can not resist.
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