nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Feb 5 15:46:55 UTC 2004
A variation of this that I have heard from Indiana relatives is
Johns, meaning John and his family (as in Johns aren't coming to the
reunion, since they have to be at the State Fair). This is in
Frankfort, IN, north of Indianapolis.
>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 jobe.net
>>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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