Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 01:28:33 -0400 From: Aaron Drews 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.