Subject: Go
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 02:13:09 -0800

>About 20 years ago, I noticed that some teen agers were using
>"goes" or "go" instead of "said." For example, "I go ......" or
>he goes....." I wonder how or why this speech pattern developed and
>will it be reflected in future dictionaries.

The AHD has a usage note about this, suggesting a connection to older
acceptable usage like "the gun went bang." The earliest instance of this
usage cited in the OED is "his heart went pit-a-pat" (1791). ...RM

Richard Mateosian Technical Writer in Berkeley CA srm -at- c2 -dot- org

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