An ad: _baby_ > _it_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 26 04:41:12 UTC 2012

On Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 7:22 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> The OED has this use of "it" to 1879

You kinda missed the beginning of this only semi-serious bit, Ben.
I'm, well, elderly and from a town in East Texas. At that place and at
the rime, "baby" and "child" were always pronominalized with "it."
Nowadays, "they" seems to be the usual way to go. So, that "it" is the
old(er) way of doing it and that it still is seen in print,
occasionally, was my point.

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.
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