Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 18:10:55 -0500
From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM
Subject: "don't" with 3rd-sg subj (was: NO TICKEE, NO SHIRTEE
An early citation posted by Barry Popik re "no tickee, no shirtee!"
raises a different question. "... even if Mayor Grace don't veto it
..." clanged hard on my sense of register as a harsh nonstandard
intrusion in what was otherwise a literate though colloquial style of
writing (more evident in the full citation than in the single
sentence I have copied below). Is this usage actually as inconsistent
as it seems to me 110 years later, or is it really typical of the
source and consistent in its time and place?
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Barry A. Popik Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM 10/27/96, 02:57pm
This is from The Brooklyn Times, 29 July 1886, pg. 2, col. 2:
Of course such an ordinance won't hold water if any Chinaman has
gumption enough to make a test case of it even if Mayor Grace don't
veto it which he doubtless will.