Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 07:11:48 -0500 From: Leslie Dunkling <106407.3560[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM> Subject: Of a morning Rima McKinzey wrote: "It jarred me when I heard my born and bred Oklahoma mother-in-law say "of a morning" in phrases such as "I have toast of a morning" instead of in the morning or every morning." Rima's mother-in-law was in good company. Eg, Arnold Bennett in _Woman who stole Everything_: "Both brother and sister had had to clock in of a morning and clock out of an evening for years." This usage remains in British English, amongst older speakers, at least. It is the Genitive of Time, once common to Germanic languages, realised earlier in English as "a-mornings" and still seen in eg, German (Morgens). Come to think of it, "a-mornings" may well survive in British dialect.