[Ads-l] An unexpected _subject_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 31 02:29:40 UTC 2017

Asked by a white, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sheriff's detective:

"Was there life insurance on him that you were _subject_ to get?"

Ordinary in BE. But, given that I don't have a lot of first-hand experience
with Southern White speech, it could well be that there's nothing special
about such use of _subject_ by a white person.


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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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