Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 12:34:29 EST
From: Rex Pyles REXPYLES[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAINE.BITNET
Subject: Anyone familiar with the following expressions?
Hello! I am a recent subscriber to this list. I have a few
questions about expressions that are natural to me,although
living in New England for many years I no longer use them.
I grew up in central West Virginia.
1)'I hope how soon' as in "I hope how soon it quits raining."
2) [to be] just before [doing something] "We're just before
goin' out (We're fixin' to go out)."
3) 'to take a class _to_ a teacher, as in "I have a class
to [with] Professor Jones.
4) "Let's go see us a movie this evening."
Thanks. Rex rexpyles[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]maine.maine.edu
P.S. RE the 'I swan' question: I remember people of my
grandmother's (1878-1961) generation using this to express
surprise or perhaps "mild" disbelief. "Well, I DO know!" seemed to
be used to express surprise but not disbelief.