Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Sep 19 03:14:12 UTC 2003

At 10:32 PM -0400 9/18/03, Baker, John wrote:
>I believe that we may have discussed "Not!" a while back, but it
>isn't an easy term to search for.  I happened to come across this
>example from the classic short story "Pigs Is Pigs," written by
>Ellis Parker Butler and published in 1906.  The speaker is a
>stereotypical Irish-American, the agent of an express company in a
>small New Jersey town.
>  >>"Proceed to collect," he said softly.  "How thim clerks do loike
>to be talkin'!  _Me_ proceed to collect two dollars and twinty-foive
>cints off Misther Morehouse! I wonder do thim clerks _know_ Misther
>Morehouse?  I'll git it!  Oh, yes! 'Misther Morehouse, two an' a
>quarter, plaze.' 'Cert'nly, me dear frind F'annery.  Delighted!'
I don't have the relevant issue on me at home, but this one fits in
nicely with quite a number of the examples collected from the same
decade in the Sheidlower & Lighter paper in American Speech in 1993,
some of which were transcribed with the same heavy (purported) Irish
dialect traits.  Jesse, did you have this one?


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