Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu Jan 3 18:14:24 UTC 2013

The distribution of "ary" doesn't quite match that of "any", at least judging by Andy Griffith's "Football" sketch, when he says, "Before I could get ary mouthful of that Big Orange drink...". Here it seems to mean something like "even a".


On Jan 3, 2013, at 8:58 AM, Donald McCaig <mccaig at MGWNET.COM> wrote:

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> I'm a historical novelist and keeping speech rhythms and dialect
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> I'd like to know early uses of the southern "ary" for "any" and the
> word's relationship to "Nary".
> Donald McCaig
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