Date: Tue, 1 Aug 1995 09:21:38 -0500
From: Shana Walton swalton[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WHALE.ST.USM.EDU
Subject: Re: "...and them..."
"...and them..." is definitely friendly.
In Shana Walton's missive about asking about people's mamas, I was struck by
the use of the phrase "...and them..." In my native piedmont Virginia, "and
them" can be used to designate a less-than-beloved son/daughter-in-law, as in
"Phyllis and them are coming to dinner tonight. Guess I better get ready",
delivered with a frown that signifies a wish that Phyllis would leave "them"
(one person - the son-in-law) behind for once.
In my family this phrase is used only with affection.
In "how's your mama and them?" is the "and them" kindly meant?
B. C. Williams
Mississippi Oral History Program
University of Southern Mississippi
swalton[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]whale.st.usm.edu