go = say, date?
Donald M. Lance
LanceDM at MISSOURI.EDU
Fri Sep 1 05:41:15 UTC 2000
My guess is that it was an r-less 'arf' but that's not how most Americans say it. Can a
dog bark an r?
Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> bob wachal:
> I was thinking of the theme song for Little Orphan Annie which has
> the line: "Arf," goes Sandy. From the early thirties, I would
> well, yes, sandy went "arf" all the time. did the strips (as opposed
> to the much later musical) merely represent sandy going "arf", or did
> they say "sandy goes, 'arf'"?
> in any case, this is irrelevant. sandy produced reportable *noises*,
> but not reportable *speech*. (this at least is my recollection.
> maybe sandy was more talented than i remember.) the question is
> whether there are pre-60s attestations of things like, "orphan annie
> went, 'oh sandy, don't chew on that!'"
> arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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