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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 26 22:50:00 EST 2016


> On Nov 26, 2016, at 8:38 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> "I shoulda stood in bed!"
> 
> Catch-phrase of my youth (1950s).

Here's Bugs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdcQ-VC1uvc

LH
> 
> 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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