Too Many Dog

Even for native English speakers, grammar can be a challenge. Local dialects and phraseology often play havoc with the maddening exception-laden rules.

When an inadvertent deviation hits the ear, it’s possible for that creative interpretation to sound better than the proper form. That’s how languages evolve.

While on vacation in Hawaii a few years ago, I was part of a group with a hired guide. The fellow’s name was Burt and he had a certain appeal that defies description.

Burt looks like an average midwesterner however his speech and word choices are distinctly Hawaiian. One day while assembling suitcases for the coach, he observed that “somebody got too many luggage” which struck me as spoken-word perfection.

I find myself using versions of Bert’s expression all of the time.

When I observed this young woman in Greenwich Village I knew for certain that somebody got too many dog.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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