Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 15:36:22 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan
Subject: Re: "You the man"

Dave Letterman uses the phrase frequently, usually in a running exchange
with Paul Shaffer. I'm never quite sure whether they're using it
derisively or mockingly or not....

At 03:13 PM 6/9/98 -0400, you wrote:
>It's interesting that the broader speech community has adopted "You da
>man." Traditionally, AAVE expressions with obvious grammatical "errors"
>(such as the absent copula) are not accepted or imitated by
>mainstream speakers except in derision. In some instances, they feel
>compelled to "correct" it from "You da man" to "You're the man" or "You
>are the man."
>Margaret Lee
>Hampton University
>On Tue, 9 Jun3 1998, Gerald Cohen wrote:
>> Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 09:20:50 -0500
>> From: Gerald Cohen
>> Subject: Re: "You the man"
>> Avi Arditti, who inquired about "You the man!', has sent me a helpful
>> follow-up note. It indicates that this expression can be added to the list
>> of African-American contributions to the broader speech community, even if
>> the item is not yet standard English.
>> >
>> >The thankful car owner was a young white man, and I've heard other white
>> >people use it recently, so perhaps this century-old expression has finally
>> >hit mainstream!
>> >
>> --Gerald Cohen