New use of "unless"?
HSTAHLKE at GW.BSU.EDU
Tue Jan 23 19:31:01 UTC 2001
This, I think, is where the variant "least" comes in. I do hear
I have to get home early least I get in trouble.
While not common, I hear it enough to believe that it's active in
local speech. It may, of course, be a hypercorrection or a case
of dental paragoge.
>>> douglas at NB.NET 01/23/01 02:01PM >>>
>... I think it's more likely that ... "unlest" is related
>to "acrosst" and
Web search provides a number of modern instances of "unlest";
they all seem
to = "unless".
Is the standard word "lest" heard (outside 'fixed expressions')
speech anywhere? If so, one might expect it to become confused
"unless", which has reasonably common spoken versions "unlest"
For example, if my great-uncle from Dogpatch used "lest" in its
sense in casual conversation when I was young, I might have
it and adopted it as "unless"/"unlest" in the same sense in my
-- Doug Wilson
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