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>>Here's the deal: You say "might could" when someone asks you to do something that you really don't want to do. It's redundant and irresolute. You're not committing to anything. You're just throwing out the possibility that if the urge struck you, you could do it, but you probably won't.

Southerners are reluctant to say "No" to people for fear that we may hurt someone's feelings. So instead we really piss them off by being vague and non-committal.<<

^^This is objectively incorrect. I am also a Southerner, and I am also educated, and I say "might could" quite frequently. People most often say "might could" not to be ambiguous about their intentions, but to express possibilities for doing something. It's a way to present options or make suggestions. Saying "hey, perhaps you could do this" is not being vague and non-committal.

This phrase is very normal in the South. In fact, until I moved out of the South I had no idea it was non-standard.

Greg April 15, 2009, 1:13pm

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