You half to help me!

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Fri Jul 12 00:16:49 UTC 2002

> Dear linguists, I have recently seen "(you) half to..." for
> "(you) have
> to..." in two different pieces of writing. The first instance
> was in an
> official U.S. booklet aimed at (under)graduate students. The
> second one
> was contained in an email sent to me by a college secretary.
> What can you say about this construction other than it is a spelling
> error? Has it gained any sort of unconscious acceptance? How
> could that have come about?

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