suppose to

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Dec 21 15:14:53 UTC 2006

And "suppose(d)" in this construction is often monosyllabic. Google gives 226,000 hits for the spelling "sposed to," 77,600 for "spose to" (some of those spellings are intended jocularly, no doubt).


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 19:21:23 -0500
>From: Amy West <medievalist at W-STS.COM>
>Subject: Re: suppose to
>Yes, I noticed that popping up as well in the papers. I suspected that it was pronunciation-related, as was made clear to me.
>---Amy West
>>Date:    Tue, 19 Dec 2006 20:41:01 -0500
>>From:    Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIO.EDU>
>>Subject: suppose to
>>This is related to the "use to" variant noted earlier (can't recall by whom).  Tonight's local newspaper says:  "Council was suppose to consider approving the version of the plan . . . ."  Nothing surprising here; just adding to the attestations.

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