Heard on VH1: 'n'em

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 7 02:16:58 UTC 2008

Twenty-ish, black, male speaker:

"I don't want to be taking off my bandanna and letting all of America
_'n'em_ see my buckwheats!"

"All of America _'n'em_"?! That strikes me as a bit extreme. Who's
left, once that you've said "_all_ of America"?

BTW: "buckwheats" = hyper-curly, stereotypically-Negroid hair, after
"Buckwheat," the colored character on The Little Rascals, and Eddie
Murphy's SNL parody thereof.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
 -Sam'l Clemens

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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