Date: Mon, 24 Jan 1994 12:42:00 CDT
From: JOAN H HALL JOANHALL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MACC.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: "Leave Out"?
DARE information shows the phrase "leave out" to be distinctly
South and South Midland in distribution. Our earliest quote is
from 1917, and there's lots of documentation following that.
Of the seven DARE Infs who used the phrase in response to Qu. Y18
(To leave in a hurry: "Before they find this out, we'd better _____")
and Qu. Y 19 (To begin to go away from a place: "It's about time for
me to ______."), four were from Kentucky; the others were from North
Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas. LAGS has at least eleven examples.
Looks regional to me!
Joan Hall, DARE