"I says"

Ruth Barton mrgjb at SOVER.NET
Mon Apr 22 02:12:05 UTC 2002

In my youth this was not at all uncommon to hear from the old farmers my
Dad used to talk with but I haven't heard it for a long time now.  Ruth

In 1950s.

At 12:33 PM -0500 4/4/02, Benjamin Fortson wrote:
>"I says" is extremely common at least in the Northeast US, in my
>experience. "So I says to him, I says..." is practically formulaic, and
>has (to my ears) a working-class feel.
>        Maybe someone else has data on its distribution.

Ruth Barton
mrgjb at sover.net
Westminster, VT

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