"go with", again

Sally Donlon sod at LOUISIANA.EDU
Fri Jul 21 15:45:48 UTC 2006

I've grown up familiar with the construction, but only from my horde
of aunts, uncles and cousins from urban northern New Jersey. They are
of Irish-Polish descent, and largely working-class.

One very seldom heres it as a naturalism on the Gulf Coast.


On Jul 21, 2006, at 9:15 AM, Alice Faber wrote:

> Jim Parish wrote:
>> I know we've discussed the construction "go with" (sans object)
>> before.
>> I'm reading _Two for the Dough_, a mystery novel by Janet Evanovich,
>> and one of the characters is presented as using that construction:
>> "Morelli gave me a look of total no-confidence. 'You want me to go
>> with?' he asked. 'I'm good at thumbscrews.'"
>> The speaker and the narrator are lifelong New Jerseyites, from the
>> ethnic neighborhoods of Trenton; Morelli is Italian, and the
>> narrator is of
>> mixed Italian and Polish ancestry. The author grew up in New Jersey,
>> and moved to New Hampshire after her marriage.
>> Has the "go with" construction spread to the East Coast?
> My ex-husband, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, regularly used
> "go with".
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