"quick a feet"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Oct 8 22:31:00 UTC 2002

>What border is Kentucky on? I lived  there for years, goin' to
>Indiana and Ohio and Tennessee, and Illinois and never needed no


>A real live example of one of those "a" + plurals we've been talking about...
>In last night's deciding Game 5 of the National League Divisional
>Series between the Braves and Giants, announcer Tim McCarver (from
>some border state like Kentucky--I forget exactly which one) was just
>about to make a point about how some infielders who are slow runners
>nevertheless have quick feet as fielders, like Brooks Robinson (as he
>explained afterward) or J. T. Snow, who had just made a nice play for
>the Giants.  But in the middle of his utterance, the camera focused
>on Snow blowing a bubble that exploded over his nose, and McCarver
>shifted horses mid-sentence:
>"It's always amazed me how a guy can can blow that big a bubble and
>have that quick a feet."

Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics and Languages
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Michigan State University
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