Make X born

Fri Aug 16 21:09:12 UTC 2013

Do you have any issues with the Lady Gaga song, Born This Way?

The clip has been taken down from YouTube, but I presume can be found somewhere on the Colbert Nation website,

John Baker

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Benjamin Barrett
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 2:32 AM
Subject: Make X born

Starting about 6:50 in the video at from the Colbert Report yesterday, an Appalachian man uses the construction "makes X born [that way]" in reference to god creating people so they are gay at birth. He uses it more than once.

This construction is not allowable for me. If I had to use "born," I might say, "makes X be born," but there is still something odd to me about this.

It occurs to me that "That blouse needs washed" might be involved (I can't say that, either), but something else seems to be at play.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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