New to me: "You=?Windows-1252?Q?=92ll_?=get sick _IN THE_ stomach,"

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Wed Jan 2 17:20:44 UTC 2013

Interesting. I've never heard this variant, but it was one recorded by the linguistic atlas studies. Kurath (1949) shows the IN form in Central PA and down the coast from Maryland to the Carolinas though competing with AT and ON there, while TO was the commonest form in the North.

-Matt Gordon

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Subject: New to me: "You’ll get sick _IN THE_ stomach,"

said Upper Darby[, Pennsylvania,] Police Superintendent Michael
Chitwood, before reciting the facts of the case.

I and BE-speakers in general, IME, say,

"You’ll get sick _AT THE_ stomach"

My *impression* is that the most general form is

"You’ll get sick _TO YOUR_ stomach"


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.
-Mark Twain

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