"lie" antedating

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


JL,

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.

dInIs



>---------------------- Information from the mail
>header -----------------------
>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
>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, √ętall
>storyí."
>
>   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
>
>
>---------------------------------
>Need a quick answer? Get one in minutes from
>people who know. Ask your question on Yahoo!
>Answers.
>
>------------------------------------------------------------
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

--
It should be the chief aim of a university
professor to exhibit himself in his own true
character - that is, as an ignorant man [sic]
thinking, actively utilizing his small share of
knowledge. Alfred North Whitehead

There are many different religions in this world,
but if you look at them carefully, you'll see
that they all have one thing in common: They were
invented by a giant, superintelligent slug named
Dennis. Homer Simpson

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
15-C Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036
Phone: (517) 353-4736
Fax: (517) 353-3755
preston at msu.edu

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org



More information about the Ads-l mailing list