[Ads-l] "that + poss" = 'whose'

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 24 21:02:52 EDT 2016


Just noticed a similar line in "I Saw the Light", a Hank Williams song from the same year:

Just like a blind man I wandered along
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light.

LH


> On May 24, 2016, at 8:42 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> So common in speech it must be very old, but I rarely see it in print.
> 
> This may be a relatively "early" ex.  It comes from Library of
> Congress LP L20, "Anglo-American Songs and Ballads" (1946). Oral, not
> written:
> 
> "This is Dick Devall, the cowboy singer from Oklahoma - Reed,
> Oklahoma., Route 2. I will try to sing you a little ditty. For the
> benefit of all those that don't know what the word 'dogie' means, I'm
> going to try to tell you. A 'dogie' is just a little calf that his
> mammy died in a bog hole and his daddy ran off with another cow."
> 
> JL
> 
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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