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Subject: 'Stay' for 'Live'
Question: I'm curious about the origin and distribution of the use of ''stay''
in AAVE/BEV where SAE uses ''live'', as in ''I stay at aunt's house''
or ''My family stays in Detroit''. This is standard usage among
Detroit blacks, but I'm curious about:

-- Is it mostly limited to black/POC or urban communities?

-- Is it in usage outside of Detroit and if so, where else?

-- Are there any opinions about its origin? Googled conversations
and Urban Dictionary seem to be of the opinion that it relates to
the relative transience of the urban black population, but I'm not

Thanks for any information.

Reply: The use of “stay” for where other varieties use “live” is standard in Singapore English – by which I mean Standard Singapore English, not what is commonly referred to as Singlish, which is a different language altogether.

Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
Date: 01-Mar-2013
Other Replies:
  1. Re: 'Stay' for 'Live'    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (05-Mar-2013)
  2. Re: 'Stay' for 'Live'    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (01-Mar-2013)
  3. Re: 'Stay' for 'Live'    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (25-Jul-2013)

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