Friday, October 31, 2008

Mountain Grammar

While I was checking into a hotel in the quaint, bucolic town of Boone, North Carolina, a woman approached the front desk asking for a copy of USA Today. Here is the response from the young coed working at the hotel:

"The last one just got gone."

Okay, now I'm from North Carolina, and yes, I say y'all and fixin' (as in, "I'm fixin' to go to the store.").  But I have never, ever used the expression listed above.  I can't even repeat it now.  Somehow I resisted the urge to correct her. Actually, correct is the wrong term.  Somehow I resisted the urge to scold her and find the names of all her past English teachers and write them angry letters.  

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