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so

adv. 1. [Car.; "from English so … but sometimes with concurrent influence of African words and syntax—e.g. of Twi sò thus" DJE] thus (after adj. and adv.): 1940 Dey say he is one o' d' boys hesef an' he shuddn' tawk mean so bout d' res o' d' udder boys (Dupuch 111). De okra-dem long so (Cat). (Black)

2. [cf. US dial. so as contradictory intensifier: I am so! ADD] intensifier (before verbs): Dem Conky foes so does think they better dan we (Nassau).

3. [cf. DHS so as an avoidance term, indicating drunk, menstruating, homosexual, etc. like Italian cosí or Fr. comme ça] pregnant: She's so (White).

4. [ Atlantic; cf. ya-so here (Hancock 1969:64) ] after adv. of place for emphasis: DOWN SO, THERE SO, UP SO. (Black)

Tags: adverb

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Last update: 2011-10-04 13:31
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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