Heard on The Judges: "give ... back"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 13 18:20:24 UTC 2008

Judge David Young, a native of *Yoami, FL, who speaks Yiddish or, at
least, uses Yiddish as much as the judges of Cuban ancestry use
Spanish, i.e. from time to time:

"Why didn't you _give it to him back_?"


"Sir, I didn't _give it to him back_ because ..."

Pace Ron, IMO, the defendant, who clearly, by dialect, was not from
Noo Yawk, *Yoami, or any other relevant location, echoed that locution
under the influence of the gravitas of the judge and his authority.


*Back in the day, it was said that the colored were not permitted to
use "Miami," i.e. "My Ami," when addressing white people, only
"Yoami," i.e. "Yo' Ami."
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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