Re: [Czechlist] term: listen BBC, wait on a call
- In a message dated 3/27/03 3:56:25 AM, mklimes@... writes:
>I don't think Waiting ON a call is nespisovne or Black English, just anotherI don't think people on our side of the Atlantic get this difference. This
>way of saying it, implying that the call is important and that the waiting
>is the only thing the person does, rather than I'm doing other things while
>I'm waiting for something........
is evidently a dialect difference. It may be that "waiting on" was normal
here before the 19th century and grammarians then tried to purge it, along
with the other things they decided were wrong, such as "you is".
>I think it appears in one of Rolling Stones' song - good old Mickie might beI don't think black speakers of BrE have their own dialects, do they? Here
>trying to sound black there, but I wouldn't limit it just to Black speakers
they do, and "waiting on" is one element of it. Again, there's evidently a
US-UK difference I didn't know about.