[Ads-l] Heard: "want _for_ you to do"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 1 21:24:03 EST 2017

On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 2:10 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> for to

"I'm going to Loozy-ana / _For to_ see my Soozy-anna"

I learned it in the first grade and, even then -1942-43 - _for to_ was
strange. OTOH, had the couplet been

"I'm going to Loozy-ana / _For me to_ see my Soozy-anna"

then that would have been  all right.
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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