Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 11:50:43 -0700
From: Peter Richardson
Subject: flat

This morning on NPR there was an interview with a survivor of that
horrible tornado that killed so many in Alabama. Her statement included:
"...a lotta people who are gonna flat need prayer..."

I'm wondering about the distribution of _flat_ as an intensifier, since it
appears not to be in DARE. The RHHDAS lists it as an adverb, as in "I'm
flat broke"--something I heard growing up in Illinois. But this
intensifying function seems rarer. Any ideas?