[Ads-l] Facebookery: "Stay _y'all ass_ on your back!!!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 26 20:38:10 EST 2016


"I shoulda stood in bed!"

Catch-phrase of my youth (1950s).

On Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 4:07 PM, Clai Rice <cxr1086 at louisiana.edu> wrote:

> I've never heard "stood" for *stayed* that I know of. Its something to
> listen for, though.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com>
> > To: "Clai Rice" <cxr1086 at louisiana.edu>
> > Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 11:18:34 PM
> > Subject: Re: Facebookery: "Stay _y'all ass_ on your back!!!"
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 8:20 PM, Clai Rice <cxr1086 at louisiana.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> > > so far this will be the first with the mixed forms.
> >
> >
> > That caught my attention, too. I had to struggle with myself not to
> > "correct" it. The guy who wrote this is a high-school teacher in his day
> > job. Maybe "knowing better" caused him to "stutter," so to speak.
> >
> > BTW, ever come across _stood_ in place of _stayed_? I had an Army buddy
> > named Roussell - I thought he was white, until he started to talk to me -
> > who once said to me,
> >
> > "Man, when I was stationed at Fort Polk, I *stood* in New Orleans!"
> >
> > As someone on the Web avers, WRT "I shoulda stood in bed,"
> >
> > Various commentators have said that "stood" for "stayed" is Brooklynese,
> > and Leo Rosten used it as an example of Yiddish, either one applicable to
> > Jacobs.
> >
> > So, I was quite surprised to hear a black dude from Louisiana use it.
> >
> > "I shoulda stood in bed" was a very popular catch-phrase on the radio,
> when
> > I was a kid in the '40's. It made absolutely no sense to me till Roussell
> > said what he said, which still stands as the only time that I've heard
> > "stood" used for "stayed" in the wild.
> >
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > 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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