Overnegation and Nary (Your Language Log Post)

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Tue May 29 19:08:58 UTC 2007

Not Faulkner, but here's another use of "ary", from Manly Wade
Wellman's short story "O Ugly Bird!" (copyright 1946, but my copy is in
a 1963 anthology, _Who Fears the Devil?_):

"I thought for a moment, then I inquired him: 'What's the way he can get
ary thing he wants in this valley?'"

(The narrator is talking about a hoodoo man who has the valley folk
under his thumb. The setting is somewhere in the Appalachians.)

Jim Parish

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

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