"laid" and other random BE slang in the HDAS

Wilson Gray hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Jul 27 04:26:12 UTC 2004

Thanks, Larry. That makes sense. BTW, do you still wear your hair in
that signature Jafro?


On Jul 26, 2004, at 11:18 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:

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> At 1:17 AM -0400 7/26/04, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> It wasn't till I was in my 40's that I
>> understood that whatchanamit was writing exclusively for a white
>> Southern audience that would have immediately understood that, e.g.
>> "brer" (or however he transcribed it) is not meant to be pronounced
>> "brair." And I'm still left with the problem of what is represented by
>> the string, "sezee."
> "Says he"?  Just a guess.
> larry

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