Saturday, July 14, 2012

"I wish you was here..."

Linguist John McWhorter quotes "the famous letters between John and Abigail Adams during their frequent separations" to illustrate his point that "[w]e can teach people which forms of English are acceptable without thinking of the more colloquial phrases and words as errors" — A Matter of Fashion.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I've always been fascinated by the plural of "you" in regional American English.

Down here, especially amongst the Italian-Americans in NYC, we get "yous".

Down South, we get "y'all" for "you all".

And if I'm correct, by you in Western NY and Ohio, don't they say "y'ins" for "you ones" ?

Anyone use "vosotros" anymore, while we're at it?

July 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM  

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