You let my bad grammar alone!

Next in an ongoing series on York County-isms

Whatever you think you knew about the uses of “leave” and “let,” throw it away!

One Yorkism that I haven’t been able to think of an explanation for is the reversal of “leave” and “let” in many sentences.

Ex.: “Let that alone” or “Leave me do that awhile.” (Ooh, look, I got an “awhile” in there too.)

Any ideas why we make this switch? I do it all the time, but, unlike the other Yorkisms, not because there’s a nuance that makes it a more accurate (in my mind) way to say something. Just… because?

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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