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    catching

    Hello, teachers.
    I am curious to know what "one 'ud think it was catching!" means in the following passage.

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    "Give us a kiss, old girl," he said. And his wife turned up her face.
    "One 'ud think it was catching!" she said, but there was a lilt in her voice.
    "So it is," Bunting briefly answered. "Didn't that old cook get married just after us? She'd never 'a thought of it if it hadn't been for you!"
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    I thought at first that the sentence in question means "I used to think your kiss was captivating", but then I don't understand why her husband talks about the old cook getting married just after them. I appreciate your help very much.

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    Re: catching

    Quote Originally Posted by imchongjun View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    I am curious to know what "one 'ud think it was catching!" means in the following passage.

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    "Give us a kiss, old girl," he said. And his wife turned up her face.
    "One 'ud (would) think it was catching!" she said, but there was a lilt in her voice.
    "So it is," Bunting briefly answered. "Didn't that old cook get married just after us? She'd never 'a (have) thought of it if it hadn't been for you!"
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    I thought at first that the sentence in question means "I used to think your kiss was captivating", but then I don't understand why her husband talks about the old cook getting married just after them. I appreciate your help very much.
    I believe 'ud is an attempt to emulate the dialect - it means "would" here.
    One would think it was catching.
    "Catching" means contagious, infectious. If something is 'catching', you can catch it. It's not used much these days.
    It seems that what is 'catching' here is romance or marrying (so, it's used metaphorically).

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