Date: Sat, 12 Oct 1996 17:41:53 -0400
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: a whole nother
"That's a whole nother problem." was a common saying in our family in
Pittsburgh, PA. It was always used to emphasize that there was a problem,
but in a humorous way. I would not be surprised if a 50's comedian coined
that phrase. Saying "bejeebers" would have gotten me in trouble, but I
don't know why. Edie ecarlson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]lon.hookup.net
This "slown down" discussion reminds me of something I caught myself
saying, which surprised the bejeebers [sp?] out of me:
"That's a whole nother problem."
In writing it looks totally proposterous, but it sounds quite
natural to me. Since noticing it in my own speech, I now hear it
quite frequently (in the San Francisco Bay Area).
Is this common elsewhere? Does anyone know of similar constructions?
E-mail: lexo[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]lsi.sel.sony.com
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu