[Ads-l] An unexpected _subject_

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 12:44:06 EDT 2017


I'm a white person, and I can barely figure out what it means.

JL

On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 10:29 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Asked by a white, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sheriff's detective:
>
> "Was there life insurance on him that you were _subject_ to get?"
>
> Ordinary in BE. But, given that I don't have a lot of first-hand experience
> with Southern White speech, it could well be that there's nothing special
> about such use of _subject_ by a white person.
>
> Youneverknow.
>
> --
> -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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