[Ads-l] ballard

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 13 21:52:25 EST 2017

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 8:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> ballard

Was the commentator a colored fellow, perchance? "Ballard" is the
"standard," hyper-corrected form of _ballad_ used by boojies. I once made
the gross, social error of calling this mistake to the attention of a
couple of friends. I learned that you really don’t want to go aroun
correckin peopuh lang-lish, lessen dey akses you yo opinion.

Unless you’re white, of course. Otherwise, I’d have lived my entire life
under the mispreapprehension that _aloose_, like _around_, was standard

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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