I can apply that phrase to businesses, but applied to children I haven't the foggiest idea what it would mean. (Northern California dialect.)
2014-01-29 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've never used it, but I would get what it meant if I heard it.
Many years ago, when Terry Bisson and I were scouting locations for the SF in SF reading series, he asked one of the people in a bookstore a question. I don't remember exactly what the phrasing was, but it was very Southern. (He's from Kentucky, I believe.) I understood it, because my family is from Texas, but the woman looked blank until he translated. I thought it was va ery interesting exchange.
I love dialect nerding like that.
I've never heard it and don't know what it means. (Maryland/DC)
Same for me. Delaware/Philadelphia.
2014-01-29 06:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever heard that phrase applied to any small children before this. I'd think of applying it to a business, without the apostrophe. (Native Minnesotan)
Same here, also Native Minnesotan.
I'm from Northeast Iowa, and I would apply that phrase to businesses or events, but not to people.
Urban Midwesterner all the way (Chicago and Minneapolis), and I've never heard the phrase except as applied to businesses.
I don't use it but I (believe that I) understand the meaning.
(I distinctly remember railing against the "needs verbed" construction when I was in college in rural Illinois, but guess what construction I now use on a regular basis and find soothing to see/hear crop up other folks...)
Like others, I use "a going concern" for businesses and events and such, but not children. I could guess at its meaning in the context of a kid, but I wouldn't be sure. (Knowing a more specific context would help.)
Usual business blah. I would have no idea what it meant when applied to a kid.
I'm in the 'apply it to business' camp. Born in Ohio, moved to Duluth to start 1st grade, lived in MN & the UP since then.
I know the business meaning (currently doing well, or at least well enough that it can be expected to continue going for the indefinite future) but I would have no idea what that meant as applied to a small child. If it was in a positive, approving tone of voice I would guess it meant something like the business meaning, like growing up healthily, an active child, developmentally on track or slightly ahead, something like that. But I don't know if that's what someone using it would mean.
at what age does a person stop being a goin’ concern?
In at least one case, apparently 94.
Yeah, no idea what that means applied to children. Business, sure.
I have only heard it applied to a business or something along those lines. A growing or thriving business, so I could extrapolate to a child. . .but Constance Seeger's son was still a going concern long after he stopped outgrowing his clothes.
Well, and in fact the way I was using it, the way my family tends to use it at least, is not at all about growth spurts and a great deal more about spark/personality/engagement with ideas.
I'm from Boston area (and a little Maryland), and am among the legions who haven't heard it in that context, but can guess at the meaning (apparently correctly).