[Ads-l] Heard on Forensic Files

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 25 05:00:14 UTC 2018

The victim's father, a middle-aged white man, laments:

"I just can't _feature_ a police officer doing something like this!"

This use of _feature_ is "standard" in BE. But, not unexpectedly, I've
never heard it so used by a white person, before.

DARE has a 1934 quote from AmSp in which "a teacher" hopes that expressions
such as "Can you feature that?" will not catch on, if you can feature that.
Apparently, that hope was forlorn.

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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