Don't let's

Joseph Salmons jsalmons at WISC.EDU
Tue Jan 15 14:36:05 UTC 2008

This is also the title of a song by the band They Might Be Giants:
"Don't let's start" ... Full lyrics here:'t_Let's_Start
  . They are American, but they also play with language in pretty rich
ways, so it might suggest that this construction is good for them, but
I wouldn't take it to the bank.

>> LanDi Liu wrote:
>>> Are there Americans who consider this construction to be
>>> grammatical in
>>> their dialect?  British/Australians who don't?
>>> I'm trying to verify whether "don't let's..." is more or less
>>> exclusively
>>> British.
>>> Randy Alexander
>>> Jilin City, China
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>> The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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