[Ads-l] Facebookery: _behind_ "as a consequence of"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 19 19:04:09 UTC 2020

> On Nov 19, 2020, at 12:45 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> "We was out of school for two weeks. We had to go to Saturday school
> _behind_ that."
> This use of _behind_, a peculiarity of "standard" BE, is still alive in St.
> Louis BE.
> -- 
> - Wilson
> ——

DARE, s.v. “behind”, 4 (with cites from the 1960s):

4 By reason of, because of.

	• 1965 Brown Manchild 210 NYC [Black], It looked as though he were in pain, as though he were hurt behind leaving so early.
	• Ibid 290, You’ll never want to leave there, and behind some of this good cocaine, you might decide to stop workin’ altogether.
	• 1968 DARE FW Addit PA172 [Black], Behind them tearing up the street, we couldn’t drive to his house.

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