up and croak

Discussion in 'English Only' started by perpend, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    If he were to up and croak in the hospital, it wouldn't be the worst thing.

    Source: perpend (sorry!)

    I'm wondering whether American English speakers think this is acceptable or too redneck or "slang".

    "up-and-croak" hyphenated?
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Hello, perpend. I suppose its acceptability depends on the effect you want.

    Having many southern relatives, I don't think I've ever heard any of them use "up and croak" even though most of them speak what you would probably consider redneck English. The phrase definitely has a folksy quality about it that I like, but I wouldn't use it if I were worried about sounding too rustic for some reason.

    I don't see any need to hyphenate it.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013

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