[Ads-l] Heard: "Ain't nothin' gives me more joy...

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 26 06:29:24 UTC 2016

than gossipin' _on_ people I hate!"

"gossip about" X "tell on," perhaps?

Usually, this use of _on_ requires a transitive verb, as in the R&B line:

"I don't want no man
Who always hittin' [in the literal sense] _on_ me"

or in the conversational:

"That's where my boyfriend been kissin kissin'_on_ me.

And, of course, there are a heap of examples of this structure in
hip-hop/rap lyrics.
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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