Query: 'high-tone', 'jawbone' and intransitive 'lay down'

Dave Robertson ddr11 at UVIC.CA
Mon Jan 10 00:10:41 UTC 2005


Can any of you help with early cites of 'high-tone' 
(='excellent' / 'fashionable'), 'jawbone' (='credit') and intransitive 'lay 
down'?  (The latter being dialectal for the prescriptive 'lie down'.)  I am 
specifically interested in their use in interior British Columbia about a 
century ago, but any information would be useful.


Dave Robertson
PhD student
Department of Linguistics / Centre for Studies in Religion & Society
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
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