random BE slang in the HDAS

Wilson Gray hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET
Wed Jul 28 03:18:59 UTC 2004

On Jul 27, 2004, at 12:48 AM, Mark A. Mandel wrote:

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> Poster:       "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: random BE slang in the HDAS
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> Wilson Gray writes:
> "Bruh" is still "bruh." "Bro" is, IMO, as artificial and as misguided
> as
> "African-American" and as fucked up as misspelling "hunky" as "honky"
> and adding the otiose "vernacular" - exists there some standard,
> literary version of BE that escaped my notice while I was devoting my
> primary- and secondary-school years to learning "standard" English as a
> second dialect? - to Black English. WTF!
>         <<<
> I had to go over that paragraph a couple of times to parse it, finding
> my
> way around the inversion, but it was worth it.  Sir, that was a fun
> read!
> -- Mark A. Mandel
> [This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

Thank you for the compliment! I love doing that kind of thing. Wish I
was good enough at it to get paid for it!

-Wilson Gray

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