[Ads-l] An old usage

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Aug 19 22:28:25 EDT 2020

Assuming that it means ‘is the devil’ it’s something from my childhood (or perhaps children’s books). Toronto, sixties…


Geoffrey S. Nathan
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May 3, 2019 - You folks _talk about him like he had a tail_. Someone should
crack a history book ( you). W isn't the same person as HW.

An ancient turn of phrase amongst the colored. May be general Southern.
Ain't no tellin'. Never seen it in print, before.

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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