Re: Of accents & dialects (was: Azurian phonology
|From:||ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 16:41|
Mark Reed wrote: (re "I swan")
>I assume it's actually "I sworn", just like "I seen", "I gone", etc.
>I don't think so-- it's definitely present tense (or some kind of
>On 10/28/08, caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> > 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.
> >I don't think I've ever heard it in real life-- unless maybe my Mills
grandparents (b. in Iowa late 1870s)-- but mostly just in old radio shows,
where it was usually a rural or rustic thing. My interpretation has always
been that it's an expression of surprise, perhaps synonymous with "Well,
I'll be...[sci. damned]"