[Ads-l] An old usage

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 20 02:28:33 EDT 2020


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

Yes. "Talk about him like he's a dog" is a more prosaic way of putting it.

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 10:28 PM Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> Assuming that it means ‘is the devil’ it’s something from my childhood (or
> perhaps children’s books). Toronto, sixties…
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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.
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> An ancient turn of phrase amongst the colored. May be general Southern.
> Ain't no tellin'. Never seen it in print, before.
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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.
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