Mom's place

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Thu Feb 5 14:32:09 UTC 2004

I too think it's possessive, and it assumed it would be plural poss.  But
maybe it's like "you all," with plural implied even if only one person is
present. "Mom's place" could mean she lives there alone or with others, but
maybe it suggests the larger family unit?  I'll ask my informant.

At 07:33 PM 2/4/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>I think "Mom 'n' 'ems" is probably a possessive rather than a plural and it
>doesn't necessarily mean that Mom has more than one companion.  My wife uses
>it with some frequency (central Illinois with mother and grandmother from
>southern Indiana, which I suppose is South Midlands.)
>Dave Hause, dwhause at
>Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Beverly Flanigan" <flanigan at OHIOU.EDU>
>Two more:  We're going over to Mom 'n' 'ems (pl.).  "And them" is a common
>pl. in AAVE (or maybe Gullah); is this possessive variant common outside
>the South/South Midland?

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