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?