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Old 04-09-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I am just curious as to how common this expression is. Is it popularly used in contemporary writing and speech? I know the expression referring to gossip networks originated as an allusion to telegraph wires being like wires, but I've only heard or seen it rarely.

The actual first time I've heard it spoken in real life was by college student from New England (I have never heard the saying in my city or among my social circle earlier). Is there a regionalism associated with the expression's usage in the US, or is it a pretty widespread phrase overall?
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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I'm channeling Marvin Gaye right now
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I think it's a fairly widespread colloquialism.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Do you mean "through the grapevine"?
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: NC
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ive heard through the grapevine (though not since circa 1988 LOL) but not ON the grapevine.

regardless, I can't see myself using either one.

I do, however, use 'a little bird told me' ... LOL
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I hear "through the grapevine" all the time, but not "on" the grapevine.

That's one of those old expressions that has been passed down through time and survived.

Also reminds me of an old joke: Why were Helen Keller's fingers purple? Because she heard it through the grapevine.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Generational. Gossip spreaders are now refered to as "haters".
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:08 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Do you mean "through the grapevine"?
It's "through the grapevine" around here. The phrase is fairly common in my neck of the woods.
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I heard through the grapevine that there's a section of highway in southern California that's known as "the Grapevine".

So if you're driving on that highway, you're "on the Grapevine".
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