I can help who's next

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 30 20:24:20 UTC 2009

Greg Pulliam wrote:
> I heard this repeatedly from the teenaged counter staff at Panera's
> in eastern Springfield, IL yesterday. "Who's" presumably replaces the

And has been doing so in this context for at least 20 years. I first
noticed the construction when I got to New Haven in 1988, in similar
food-service counter encounters.

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