Re: Of accents & dialects (was: Azurian phonology)
|Date:||Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 11:54|
> Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...> wrote:
> Differences in dialect are much more commonly reflected as
> differences in vocabulary than as differences in grammar.
The lady who cleans my rectory was here yesterday and we were
chatting. She used an expression I've heard before but forgotten
about: "I swan" instead of "I swear."
Does anyone have any thoughts about this expression? I've only heard
it in the South. Perhaps it's a euphemistic alteration.