Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 15:08:50 -0600

From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM

Subject: Re: "and them"

On Mon, 30 Jan 1995, Donald M. Lance wrote:

Alice Faber mentioned the Texas locution "mom an' 'em". It would be

"mom an' nem" with regressive assimilation of 'th-'. Yes, she's not

making it up. The "them"/"nem" would be semi-definite. DMLance

Every year in the local (Austin Texas) Gridiron Show, in which

journalists spoof Texas politicians, the Ann Richards character would

open her speech in a flawlessly Richardsian manner: "Hah! (pause) Haow yew?

(pause) Haow's y'mom en' nem?"

This always got a laugh because it's such classic Texas-ese. I've picked

up the locution myself--it's oddly handy.

Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]