Heard on tonight's Without a Trace

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 29 03:44:48 UTC 2008

The show is set in New York City.

Ex-con white mother to shoplifting son:

"What are you *doing*?! Are you *crazy*?!"

Son replies:

"What are you _jumping on_ *me* for?! *You* did it [broke the law], too!"

Of course, the *writer* could be Southern or black.

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 - http://www.americandialect.org

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