Off-gliding to G

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 27 21:11:39 UTC 2009


I am not certain. I think it is a short story with Miss Marple.
Something about a maid being either too old, or too young, to drop her
g's. I will try to remember to let you know when I next read through
AC's stories.


On 26 Sep 2009, at 12:07 AM, David Bowie wrote:

> From:    Barbara Need <bhneed at GMAIL.COM>
>> I wonder how much this might be a reaction to the "g-dropping" in
>> participles (huntin', fishing', etc.). I have assumed that this was a
>> shibboleth in England based on its treatment in mysteries (there's at
>> least one Agatha Christie in which it is a clue!).
> Which one? I like to keep a mental list of novels where linguistics-
> type
> stuff plays a role like this, for the benefit of some of my lit
> students
> who believe nothing counts unless it appears in fiction somewhere.

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