Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 14:03:58 -0400
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: [mIzrIz] update/big dog
Students in my linguistics class report the use of [mIzrIz] by two
different groups. A black female in her late teens or early 20s reports
that it is used by "old black ladies in Macon like my mother." A white
student in her late 20s or early 30s reports that everybody (i. e. white)
says it in Lumberton, "where I'm from."
Speaking of "big dogs"--a couple of years ago there was a public scandal
about UGA football players and grades in developmental studies. A popular
bumper sticker that functioned as a take-off of the familiar UGA "Let the
big dog run" read "Let the big dog read."
Then, of course, there is the line from the song (is it called "Matchbox
"Let me be your little dog till your big dog comes."
Ringo sang this for the Beatles. I don't remember the rhyme tag at the end
of the repetition. The line bespeaks a certain hesitation on the part of a
male to make a commitment.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu