Antedating "and them"

Victor aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 31 20:03:39 UTC 2009

Similar question for the "modal" _of_ or _off_:

could of seen


wouldn't of needed

I've repeatedly heard (and in writing) a homework excuse from students:
"I could off done it if...". It was one of my pet peeves when teaching


Herb Stahlke wrote:
> So is "close line" eye dialect or an eggcorn?
> Herb
> On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 1:11 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
>> ...
>> 1918 Ring Lardner _Treat 'Em Rough_ (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill) 13: I
>> guess if Van Hindburg and them could of seen us you wouldn't of needed a
>> close line no more to take their chest measure.
>> ...
>> JL

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