Definitions starting with M

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mussy, mussa, must be

/mósi/ [Car.; cf. DJE mosi, Gul. "Oonuh mus'be t'ink..." (Gonzales 1924:12); from must be or must have in speculative sense] adv, apparently; probably: 1936 He mussy was Prince Alley (Dupuch 7). 1971 Boy, you mussa crazy (McCartney 80). 1977 He scared of him mussy (Shilling 78). You mussy does lead a boring life (ibid 78). They feel like the other fellow mussy'll kill 'em (Eleu.). (Black)

mussy can, mussy could(a) [cf. Bajan must be could (Collymore 75)] phr. probably can or could (have): Dat girl get belly again. Boy, she mussy can't stop getting children! (Nassau). (Black)

mussy haddy phr. probably had to. (Black)

Tags: adverb, modal, phrase

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Last update: 2010-11-14 19:34
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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