Meaning of "used to would" double modal?

David Bergdahl dlbrgdhl at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 12 20:22:24 UTC 2009

I've never heard "used to would" but I'm very familiar with "used to
could" for "I once was able..."

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Jesse Sheidlower <jester at> wrote:
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> A friend encountered some examples of the "used to would"
> double modal in a song by a southern performer. I explained
> the general idea, but he pointed out that in the examples in
> the song--things like "lies I used to would tell" or "people I
> used to would hate"--the "would" seemed redundant, and he
> asked if the double modal was emphatic, or random, or what.
> I don't actually know, and figured I'd ask here rather than
> trying to make something up based on the few resources for
> this that I have handy.
> Thanks for any input.
> Jesse Sheidlower
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