"I about to f* died"
M_Lynne_Murphy at BAYLOR.EDU
Sun Sep 26 00:08:36 UTC 1999
As long as I'm writing queries to the ADS list, let me query you this,
A friend who's lived most his life in Texas was telling me a story about
something scary and exclaimed:
"I about to f***ing died!"
I immediately wrote that down. Later, discussing it, he insisted that
this construction is commonly used in central Texas, as in "I about to
f-ing puked" or "I about to f-ing exploded" (all his examples were
first-person and disgusting). Now, I could say "I about f-ing died" or
"I was about to f-ing die", but the infintive past participle looks like
an error to me.
So, my question is: is there any other evidence of this construction?
(The apparent necessity of the "f-word" prevents me from asking my
students at this Baptist college!)
M. Lynne Murphy, Assistant Professor in Linguistics
Department of English, Baylor University
PO Box 97404, Waco, TX 76798 USA
Phone: 254-710-6983 Fax: 254-710-3894
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