Miller used evidence from the real written
dispositions (accusations) made by Abigail and Mary Lewis against other
Miller uses archaic (old) words:
'Aye' and 'Nay' (for 'yes' and 'no')
'open with me' (tell the truth)
Miller alters the normal use of the verb to be:
'it were' instead of 'it was' and
'there be' instead of 'there is'.
Miller makes use of double negatives often to add emphasis:
'he cannot discover no medicine'
'I don't compact with no devil'.
Miller changes the normal word order of sentences:
'I like not to search a house'.
Miller uses the second person you again to add emphasis:
'Let you strike out',
'Be you foolish'.
Miller often drops the final g from ing verbs: