Mild Heard on The Judges humor

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 2 15:08:56 UTC 2008

Spoken by a fifty-ish Geechee named Jacques "I'm black during the day,
but I'm French during the night" Chevalier:

"I'm a mostly-happily married man, your honor."

"I used to be a playa
"But now I'm a paya"

Though Mr. Chevalier looked like a stereotypical, bright-skinned
Geechee, i.e like a French-named white man with corn-rowed hair, he
apparently wasn't from Louisiana. When he attempted to speak (in:
another missing preposition) French, he merely set French words into
English word-order:

"Je suis un noir monsieur." That means, 'I'm a black prince[sic],'
your honor." Antoine "Fats" Domino wouldn't have made such an error.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

The American Dialect Society -

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