"Can I help who's next?"

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Oct 15 15:29:19 UTC 2002

Mark Mandel writes:
>And my daughter *also* wonders about "Can I help who's next?", which
>only in the past 2-3 years has she heard in place of "Can I help
>whoever's next?"
I wonder whether formulaic  expressions like these that have to be repeated
many times, perhaps in slightly distracting circumstances, aren't
particualrly susceptible to odd deformations.  There is an awkward
angularity to "Can I help whoever's next" that almost invites a stutter or
some kind.
A. Murie

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