"me neither" (1882)--("Nor me neither" is a blend)
sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Jan 11 00:51:48 UTC 2005
-Ben Zimmer writes:
>1843 _Godey's Lady's Book_ 27 (Aug.) 53/2 "She shant teach me. She shant!"
>"Nor me neither, I'd spit at her!"
>This is in dialogue between children (who also use "ain't"), so it appears
>that it was already understood as a non-standard usage.
Had the disparagement of "ain't" begun that early? I thought it was more
a twentieth century enterprise.
N. Bangor NY
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