suppose to

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Dec 21 15:34:02 UTC 2006

Cf. the title of James Herndon's 1968 book on elementary-school teaching, _The Way It Spozed to Be_.


Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
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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
>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
>>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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