[Ads-l] "There are no backsies" -- an adult adopt's a feature of children's speech

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Fri Jan 4 00:00:20 UTC 2019

I'm collecting examples of children's speech influencing the speech of adults, and on Dec. 18 I heard one more.

MSNBC moderator and legal analyst Ari Melber said General Mike Flynn pled guilty to lying to the  FBI but later tried to take that plea back; Flynn implied he was really innocent due to being duped or entrapped in his FBI interview.

Ari Melber's comment to all this: "You can't take it back.  There are no backsies in federal court when you plea."

Gerald Cohen

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

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