Make/take a left/right, etc.

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Oct 2 14:46:23 UTC 2002

I have both, and introspection fails about the selectivity device
selecting or preferring one or the other. (Good thing; otherwise us
quantitatively-oriented sociolinguists wouldn't have squat to do).


Another directional idiom that seems to vary according to region is
the expression "take vs. make a left/right."  It seems to me that
metropolitan New Yorkers always say "make" in that context,
whereas most New Englanders would say "take."   Has anybody
else noticed this difference?

Joanne Despres

Dennis R. Preston
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