Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 16:32:21 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GC3.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
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]bga.com
Oddly handy!? T'ain't nothin' odd about it a-tall. I use it every day.
Thought ever-body did.
With caliche still under my nails and prickly pear still in my socks,
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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