Home » Segments » Why Do We Say Some People are Good People?

Why Do We Say Some People are Good People?

Play episode

Olivia from Denver, Colorado, is musing about her use of the term good people, as in She’s good people. This phrase is what linguists call an extragrammatical idiom, meaning the phrase makes sense even though it’s not grammatically correct. Other examples include She’s real people, She’s nice people, She’s great people, or simply She’s people. Something similar occurs in Spanish with a phrase like Juan es buena gente. This is part of a complete episode.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More from this show

Sana, Sana, Colita De Rana

Leonor from Dallas, Texas, says that when she was a child, her Spanish-speaking mother and grandmother used to her after a bump or scrape with Sana, sana, colita de rana, Si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana , literally, “Heal, heal, little...

Recent posts

Segments