Billie Holiday

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Apr 7 16:12:49 UTC 2005

Actually I made this posting as a subterfuge, needing a reason to call
your attention to the Holiday broadcast.  However, the usage was
something that at least had passed beneath my consciousness or
recollection, however common.

And she does clearly pronounce the "v".


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Margaret Lee <mlee303 at YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2005 4:51 am
Subject: Re: Billie Holiday

> 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
> standard.
> -Wilson Gray
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