Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 19:06:00 EDT From: "David A. Johns" Subject: He was --> He's A few weeks ago some folks were talking about a song in which (if I recall) HE'S [hiz] seemed to stand for HE WAS. I got this a couple of days ago from one of my students (white, about 19): On the other hand, when I think of living in the South, an episode of Hee-Haw fits my thoughts perfectly. I see two middle aged rednecks lying opposite one another in their front yard with a bottle of whiskey and their dog. In the laziest voice ever heard, one says to the other, "Jew see dat perdy girl just walked by?" And the other hillbilly responds, "Naw, bu-di shore du wish I'z layin where you are soz I could!" Could that "I'z" be anything but "I was"? David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA