"lie" antedating

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Dec 9 11:46:55 UTC 2006


This is a very common traditional Southern and
African American use of 'lie,' but I don't think
it is generally known in the US.


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>Subject:      "lie" antedating
>OED online has a third def. of "lie,"n., that
>should be familiar to most of the Yanks
>   [i.e., -- Brit] on this list: "In weakened or
>non-pejorative sense: an anecdote, tale, ëtall
>   Its primary cite is from Zor Neale Hurston in
>1934, but here's one from an earlier age:
>   1862 in G. Ward Hubbs, ed. _Voices from
>Company D_ (Athens: U. of Ga. Press, 2003) 82:
>Rather disagreeable day, drizling [sic-JL] rain.
>Played cards & told lies all day.
>   JL
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