positive 'anymore' (again)

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Tue May 2 18:39:28 UTC 2006

At 01:41 PM 5/2/2006, you wrote:
>On May 2, 2006, at 10:14 AM, Charles Doyle wrote:
>>Larry, that sentence-initial, sans-negative "anymore" sounds
>>REALLY odd to me!
>he only does it to annoy, and because he knows it teases.
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I think Larry even admitted once that he's trying to learn the structure,
which is not native to him!  But it IS common throughout the (North)
Midland and is rapidly spreading westward, as we've discussed many times on
this list.  (Charlie, see our archives on positive 'anymore'.)  It was new
to me in 1980, coming down from Minnesota, but I suspect it goes a ways
back.  Its history, anyone?

Beverly Flanigan
Ohio University

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