Two questions about r’rl speak.
- I’ve heard folks from rural parts of the United States, both Northern and Southern, refer to diseases and maladies by using the word “the” before the name of the disease. (Please excuse me for not knowing the correct linghuistic term for this; I wasn’t an English major.)
For example …
“He’s got the cancer!”
“She’s got the AIDS.”
“He done got the glaucoma.”
Why do rural Americans do this?
- Driving through the South and listening to AM radio stations, I’ve heard Bible’ thumping preachers talking about “when Jesus rizz up from the tomb” and begging their audiences to “rizz up and accept Christ!” What part of the South do people say “rizz” for “rise” or “rose?”