More "jump on" heard on The Judges

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 29 19:49:13 UTC 2008

Fifty-ish, black male plaintiff:

"I called and told [the defendant's wife] and he _jumped on_ her, your honor."

Judge Milian, a Cuban-American from Florida: "He _jumped on_ her?"

Plaintiff: Yes, your honor. Four or five times."

Judge: "What do you mean, 'He _jumped on_ her'?"

Plaintiff: "He _hit_ her, your honor."

Judge; "Oh, he _hit_ her."

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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