[Ads-l] Facebookery: "Stay _y'all ass_ on your back!!!"

Clai Rice cxr1086 at LOUISIANA.EDU
Sat Nov 26 21:07:21 UTC 2016

I've never heard "stood" for *stayed* that I know of. Its something to listen for, though.

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com>
> To: "Clai Rice" <cxr1086 at louisiana.edu>
> Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 11:18:34 PM
> Subject: Re: Facebookery: "Stay _y'all ass_ on your back!!!"
> On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 8:20 PM, Clai Rice <cxr1086 at louisiana.edu> wrote:
> > so far this will be the first with the mixed forms.
> That caught my attention, too. I had to struggle with myself not to
> "correct" it. The guy who wrote this is a high-school teacher in his day
> job. Maybe "knowing better" caused him to "stutter," so to speak.
> BTW, ever come across _stood_ in place of _stayed_? I had an Army buddy
> named Roussell - I thought he was white, until he started to talk to me -
> who once said to me,
> "Man, when I was stationed at Fort Polk, I *stood* in New Orleans!"
> As someone on the Web avers, WRT "I shoulda stood in bed,"
> Various commentators have said that "stood" for "stayed" is Brooklynese,
> and Leo Rosten used it as an example of Yiddish, either one applicable to
> Jacobs.
> So, I was quite surprised to hear a black dude from Louisiana use it.
> "I shoulda stood in bed" was a very popular catch-phrase on the radio, when
> I was a kid in the '40's. It made absolutely no sense to me till Roussell
> said what he said, which still stands as the only time that I've heard
> "stood" used for "stayed" in the wild.
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> 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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