Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 04:59:49 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: drop off
In message Mon, 7 Oct 1996 12:20:48 -0400,
"Dale F.Coye" CoyeCFAT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM writes:
However, in a different construction, I've got a friend from California
who makes me shudder every time she says:
Do your kids want to come with?
Very common here in Wisconsin. I've even started saying it since I've lived
Definitely German influence.
this seems to be something that slips very easily into english from
different sources in different places. (interesting to think about
why some things are easier to get into english than others. are our
germanic roots showing?) it's a feature of south african english,
where it comes from afrikaans, but is not limited (as it seems to be
in some people's amerenglish) to constructions with "with". here,
you can drop any object, given sufficient context, as in:
"do you want?"
"no thanks, i've got."
i actually like this. i feel so racy saying such incomplete things.