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Maurice T. Suttles VFW Post 3413 celebrated it on May 10, with the usually breakfast of egg, sausage, bisque and gravy.
asked Jul 06 '13 at 01:40 David Adams New member

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The grammatical point is that you need an adjective (usual) before the noun (breakfast).  Usually is an adverb.    In this context, biscuits sounds almost as odd as bisque.  One would expect something like beans or bacon.

link answered Jul 06 '13 at 09:22 Michael Cranfield Expert

Michael, biscuits and gravy is a staple breakfast here in the southern US. Biscuits are different here, too. They are more like your scones, and your biscuits are more like our crackers. Beans for breakfast? That's just wrong, unless they're refried beans on a flour tortilla.

I totally missed 'usually'.

Lewis NeidhardtJul 06 '13 at 11:58

Thanks Lewis - I should have seen that coming! Yes beans, as in Heinz Baked Beans. They, along with bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast(or fried bread) are all ingredients of the classic English Breakfast- usually accompanied by HP brown sauce! Incidentally, do you pronounce biscuits like the Brits - "biskits"?

Michael CranfieldJul 06 '13 at 12:18

That's a pretty close pronunciation. Of course, here in the South, we throw in an extra syllable. bi-a-skits, with the first syllable accented, and the 'a' is just barely there.Classic southern breakfast:EggsBacon and/or sausageGritsHash browned potatoesPancakes or wafflesBiscuits and gravy or toastA couple of Lipitors to combat the cholesterol.Vast quantities of coffeeBloody Marys on the weekends.

Lewis NeidhardtJul 06 '13 at 12:47

And for those of us not in the south, we do pronounce it "biskits".

Patty TJul 06 '13 at 13:08

Upvote and upvote for you both.

Lewis NeidhardtJul 06 '13 at 16:05

Does Waffle House serve Bloody Marys?

Patty TJul 07 '13 at 01:44

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I suspect the use of the word "it" in the first sentence means there was a previous sentence that explained that Maurice had a birthday, an anniversary, or other noteworthy event. In that case, the sentence went wrong with the formal name and reference to the fellow's Veteran of Foreign Wars Post. That would have belonged in the first sentence. And of course, "the usually" should be replaced by "his usual"

link comment answered Jul 07 '13 at 02:54 Earl Blacklock New member

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