Heard on The Judges: "let someone see NP" = "let someone borrow NP"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 27 13:43:50 UTC 2008

Twenty-ish black female speaker:

"I _let him see my car keys_ and he took my car and let it get
wrecked! It was totaled, your honor."

"Let someone see NP" is new to me. From my childhood to today, the
more usual expression is "let someone hold NP," in the sense of "let
someone borrow NP."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

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

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