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Thread #71422   Message #1227801
Posted By: mg
17-Jul-04 - 03:40 PM
Thread Name: BS: The end of the world is nigh.
Subject: RE: BS: The end of the world is nigh.
Yes, people use it in what is to them normal conversation. They might be more rural and Southern American, I don't know. I think it is more commonly used in the south, but we have had huge internal migrations, such as where I am from, especially following the dust bowl and in WWII to work in shipyards etc. Vancouver WA has a huge Appalachian population, and whole towns in Washington have a very large southern population. Lots of people use this expression. There is no one American accent or vocabulary (except we have been told that the PNW one is sort of news broadcaster standard). There is no reason any of us should be surprised that old, outdated English words should remain in usage in America. There are pockets in North America where English words and phrases are maintained that were lost in the Auld Country. Rural hamlets and poor roads and all. It's something we just have to deal with I guess.... mg