good people

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Mon May 17 17:17:33 UTC 2004

Familiar to me too, for all of my long long life--but only in the
plural.  It's a bit elitist (suggesting good lineage), but it was never
mysterious to me (Minnesota, 1940s on). I don't think I've ever heard it in
the singular.

At 10:22 AM 5/17/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>Very familiar to me and my family (Washington State via Montana); my
>grandfather used it; he was born in 1906 in Nebraska, and his family moved
>to Montana when he was 3.
>At 02:54 AM 5/17/04, you wrote:
>>Does the expression "s/he is good people" have wide currency? I would like
>>to use it in some new contexts, but have heard it only in Alaska.
>>Also, does the plural (they're good people) work with the same meaning? or
>>is there another form that is used?
>>Benjamin Barrett
>>Baking the World a Better Place

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