crops fit for gathering.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by matuba, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. matuba

    matuba Member

    afrikaans- south africa
    crops fit for gathering.

    Fit means "ready" according to,thus, standard english. Some dictionaries think it obsolete, other, informal. Why is these?
  2. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    British English (Sussex)
    It isn't commonly used (in BrE) with this meaning. I have some oranges on my trees at the moment and they are "ripe for gathering", or "ready to be picked".

    I assume the dictionary example is from an older work of literature. I wouldn't expect anyone to use it in this way today outside poetry or poetic prose.

    Fruit might be suitable or "fit" for jam. These apricots are too ripe - they're only fit for jam.

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