Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 01:28:33 -0400
From: Aaron Drews drewsa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUSUN.ACC.GEORGETOWN.EDU
Subject: Re: might could
On Mon, 16 Oct 1995 mlbroom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SAUMAG.EDU wrote:
I have heard the two words might could used in a sentence instead
of something like: might be able to. Example: You might could call
her on the phone. Instead of: You might be able to call her on the
phone. Wonder where this got started?
Well, I know Scots and non-standard Scottish dialects of English
use double modals. And there were one or two Lowlanders that settled in
the southern States. My guess is that it got started back when could was
a full lexical verb.... 17th century, maybe, I don't know. My HEL is a
wee bit rusty.