Date: Tue, 1 Aug 1995 09:21:38 -0500 From: Shana Walton 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 > -- Shana Walton Mississippi Oral History Program University of Southern Mississippi swalton[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (601) 266-5606