Heard on The Judges: "_for_ to"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 4 14:35:22 UTC 2009

Late-teen-aged, black male college student from Ohio, using
Northern-BE phonology, i.e. r-ful, "right" [raIt]:

"I went to college _for_ to do the right thing."

I know that the continued use of "for to" is hardly startling, but the
fact that it was used by such a young, Northern person I thought might
be of peripheral interest.
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.
-Mark Twain

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