[Ads-l] I'm a < I'm going to

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Oct 11 10:24:22 EDT 2016


Forgive me for not replying earlier, and upthread, to this, where it belongs, but I wanted to point out that DARE has a 1950 example of _a_ 'going to' in this context.

Jesse Sheidlower

On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 10:36:05PM +0000, Flourish Klink wrote:
> Robin, that's delightful! I had no idea.
> 
> On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 6:31 PM Robin Hamilton <
> robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:
> 
> > ... or apostrophes are eschewed because their use suggests that the term
> > transcribed is an incorrect contracted version of a longer and more correct
> > norm, whereas, of course, the shorter form is simply part of a particular
> > speech
> > register.  Different registers, different norms.
> >
> > Nae apostrophes whin yi come tae transcribe oor speech, ya bas!  ***
> >
> > This was a rather serious issue in Glasgow in the sixties, long before
> > smartfones were a twinkle in Bill Gates' granny's eye.  And here was I
> > thinking
> > that that particular war was over.
> >
> > Robin
> >
> > ***  "ya bas!" -- A terminal syntactic phrase denoting emphasis, possibly
> > from
> > the Spanish, but no one was ever sure, more probably linked to "basta =
> > enough",
> > could be heard thereabouts thenwhen, usually in the form of either "Tongs,
> > ya
> > bas!" or "Cumbie, ya bas!", depending on which religious grouping the
> > utterer
> > adhered to.
> >
> > R.
> >
> > (Who has just antedated "wing=fly to" [London flash slang] by ten years
> > from
> > 1835 back to 1825, When All England Then Were Slanging It.  Or perhaps it
> > will
> > appear on-line.  We'll know in two day's time.)
> >
> > >
> > >     On 10 October 2016 at 22:39 Tim Stewart <
> > timoteostewart1977 at GMAIL.COM>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >     Surely apostrophes gradually disappear from these and similar lexical
> > > items
> > >     because it's extra keystrokes for tweeters and texters to include
> > them.
> > >
> > >
> > >     - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> > - - -
> > > -
> > >     - - - - - - - - - - -
> > >     Read excerpts from the forthcoming *Dictionary of Christianese
> > >     <http://www.dictionaryofchristianese.com/>*
> > >
> > >
> > >     On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 4:34 PM, Flourish Klink <
> > flourish.klink at gmail.com>
> > >     wrote:
> > >
> > >     > That's strange—I use "imma," and have for years. Never occurred to
> > me
> > >     > that
> > >     > it struck people as oddly spelled. I just mentally insert the break
> > >     > between
> > >     > "I'm" and "ma," which is what happens phonetically when I say it
> > anyway.
> > >     > I'm-ma.
> > >     >
> > >     > On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 5:23 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >     >
> > >     > > On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 5:13 PM, Geoffrey Nathan
> > >     > > <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
> > >     > > wrote:
> > >     > >
> > >     > > > completely bizarre ... I don't buy this.
> > >     > >
> > >     > >
> > >     > > I agree.
> > >     > >
> > >     > >
> > >     > > --
> > >     > > -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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