Make/take a left/right, etc.
maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Oct 2 14:53:47 UTC 2002
I have both as well, but I think I have a preference for "take a
left/right" over "make".
maberry at u.washington.edu
On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
> 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?
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