Billie Holiday

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Apr 7 08:51:40 UTC 2005

Black English (AAE) _does_ have a standard, and "every" is definitely a part of it.  It grew up saying it and hearing it in that context all the time.

Uh, you've never heard any other black person speak or sing? If Black
English had a standard, this use of "every" would be part of that

-Wilson Gray

Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of English & Linguistics
  and University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
margaret.lee at   or   mlee303 at

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