[Ads-l] Heard on Jerry Springer

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 21 02:43:21 UTC 2017

A late-twenty-ish, black, couple are arguing.

She: "... and you DON'T *work*!"

He  : "I DOES work!" [hesitates] "I DO work!" [hesitates] "I DOES work!"

I felt his pain. Sometimes, in extraordinary circumstances, it's not always
clear which lect to use. In this speaker's case, the question in his mind
is, "Is I'm jess argin wit my old lady or am I speaking to the United
States, on Jerry Springer?"

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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