[Ads-l] What up doe--one last time (inspired by 'boresome')

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Oct 3 05:52:49 EDT 2016


Several weeks ago I posted about 'What up doe?', which I suspected had the same provenance as the examples Wilson cites ('boresome', 'choicy'); i.e. long-standing in AAVE, but recently noticed outside and therefore in UD.


Nobody else commented, so I'm asking one additional time--is it truly limited to Detroit, and only around since the early 2000's?


Geoff


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In my lost youth, *boresome* and *choicy* - neither of which my spellcheck
recognizes, though MW does - were universally used in BE in place of
*boring* and *choosy*. It was as though the latter were non-existent. Only
one *serious* code-switcher - this writer - ever bothered with the standard
forms.

I was mildly surprised to see *boresome* and *choicy* in the UD with the
usual, off-the-wall "definitions," as though they were slang. I was
startled to see that *boring* and *choosy* are likewise in the UD and are
given similar treatment. So...

Youneverknow.

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-Wilson
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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.
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