In whatever world I was in in the dream, uranium was something that could be mined like divers harvest pearls. I was in a training facility for uranium miners which was a real swanky pool facility. It was basically a bunch of fit engineers and scientists all walking around in swimsuits, wasn’t the worst surroundings. They were all standing around whiteboards and discussing nuclear physics with their caps and goggles still on their heads.
The pool was beautiful, if I ever get into architecture I have a design for a facility already. Although come to think of it, I think I know the reason not a lot of wood gets used in pools… darn. Maybe if it’s really treated. The bottom of the pool had a series of small screens beneath transparent tiles in each lanes and they would show you your splits as you trained so you could monitor how fast you were going without stopping or looking up at the clock.
-I just got off the phone with Hal Fortner. -The pharmaceutical rep? -His company is sponsoring a two-day, all-expenses-paid, OB/GYN conference at some golfing resort outside of Knoxville. -Oh, God. One of those medical boondoggles. -Do not turn up your nose. I just got you the last 15-minute spot on the program. -How did you manage that? -The comedian dropped out. I told them you had terrific patter. -About cervical cancer?
"Just as the East India company cornered the market in salt, they shit down the local production of cannabis, forcing people to buy their “bhang” from the British. (When you factor-in the opium trade in China, and the vast profits made from trading tea, coffee and alcohol, the British Empire was easily the largest drug dealer in the history of the world!)"
David Nutt in Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs (2012)
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.
In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.