Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 15:08:50 -0600 From: Katherine Catmull 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]