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  • I saw thousands of these so called emergencies, and plenty of other times when these guys roll round in these giant trucks, and there wa'nt no fire.

    Open Thread for Monday: New Fire Chief

  • I'll swar it's all true, ma'am; I'm an awful sinner, the Lord knows, but I wa'nt hurtin 'nobody when that brute o' yourn come on me, like he'd tear every leader out o 'me.

    Bond and Free: A Tale of the South

  • "I allus thought she wa'nt no better'n she should be, for all her puttin 'on such airs," spoke a third contemptuously.

    Hubert's Wife A Story for You

  • I doan know; dey wa'nt no hams on de plantation 'cep'n' w'at 'uz in de smoke-house, but I never see Henry 'bout de smoke-house.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • "Ladies and gentlemen," said the latter giving his cravat a very artistic touch, "if Mr. Lawson wa'nt a lawyer I'd a-tried to say somethin ', but I can't get a word out nohow, only Melindy and me will never forgit your kindness -- and the skeare."

    Marguerite Verne

  • "We wants you an 'Mr. Foote to marry us, case we's bin troubled 'bout dis many days, case we wa'nt gwine to let nobody know it, but God knows all 'bout us, an' now we's free indeed, we wants every thing straight."

    A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences

  • I rushed to the mill thinkin 'Bud ud' be dead, sho '-- but he wa'nt.

    The Bishop of Cottontown A Story of the Southern Cotton Mills

  • Ocean wa'nt nevah made for man; de ocean's fo fishes, dat's all.

    Our Navy in the War

  • I've been standin 'at the tub from sunrise to sunset, with my jaw a'most splittin' from my face, an 'thar's yo' pa a-settin 'at his pipe as unconsarned as if I wa'nt his lawful wife -- the more's the pity!

    The Voice of the People

  • "De po 'white trash ain' set foot inside my do '," he added, "en de leetle gals ain 'flirt roun' twell dar wa'nt no qualifyin 'der legs f'om der arms."

    The Voice of the People


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