Re: Go

Subject: Re: Go
From: Jane Bowerman <jbower -at- UNM -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 10:48:34 -0700

> >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.

Raymond Carver wrote a short story called "Gazebo" using "goes/go" instead
of "said" throughout. I don't know when it was written. It's a great
little story about adultery, booze, and the end of a marriage. The use of
goes/go contributes a sense of movement to the inevitable demise of the

I grew up in Australia (1970s) and had never heard or used this form before.
I guess that's why the Carver story struck me as so strange.


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