Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 15:03:05 -0500
From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM
Subject: "we be careful"
This isn't news, but it's a data point. Such constructions as "we be" are often thought of as
preferred politically correct expression here), but this excerpt from a newsgroup (on the topic of
the new Louisiana
so-called "shoot-on-sight" anti-carjacking law) is a different breed of cat. For me, too, "be
careful" has achieved
status as a verb separate from "be" + Adj.
"We don't get many carjackings here in Canada - or at least, the part that
I live in. Also, we're not allowed to carry hidden weapons, so we just be careful I suppose. I lock
the doors when
I'm alone in the car, and generally keep an eye out when I'm driving in the big city. I've been
lucky so far (knock on
wood), and I know that the alarm has stopped would-be theives from taking my stereo out, etc.
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