Exposure to language
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Mon Dec 16 21:52:57 UTC 2002
According to Pissing in the Snow, the farmer was making a bad joke, one that made even guests who weren't too particular get queasy.
From: Beverly Flanigan [mailto:flanigan at OHIOU.EDU]
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 4:49 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Exposure to language
And that's partially why I don't buy Doug Wilson's speculation that my
parents (and others in my speech community) were cleverly reversing 'shit'
to 'tish' and then voicing to 'dish'--they were smart but not that
clever! Nor can I believe Randolph's farmer would have used a cloth for
washing dishes on his baby's rear end; I suspect his community used 'dish'
in the same way mine did, and that the visitors were horrified because they
didn't share that dual usage!
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