Is this you?

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Wed Jan 29 03:16:23 UTC 2014

FWIW my intuitions agree with Larry's, and I'm not a New Yorker. The first scenario that came to mind was in reference to a house or office; e.g. you're walking down the street (or maybe riding a bus) with someone and you reach their house/building so they say "Well, this is me".

Matt Gordon
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Laurence Horn [laurence.horn at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:32 PM
Subject: Re: Is this you?

Depends on what "this" is, I'd think.  For cars, it's pretty widespread, i.e. "Is this/that you?" meaning 'Is this/that your car?'  With a socket wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver at the hardware store, I'm not so sure.


On Jan 28, 2014, at 8:14 PM, Michael Newman wrote:

> Is the expression “this is me” meaning “this is mine” (etc. for you, etc)  limited to NYC and environs?
> I’ve been hearing it for a while, and my husband asked me if it’s an NYC thing. I just heard it in the following exchange, and thought I’d better ask before putting it in my NYC English book, which I’m sending off again as soon as I get this issue settled yea yea.
> Setting Hardware store with a bunch of products on the counter.
> Store guy to me: “Is this you?”
> Me: Nah
> Other customer: “This is me.”
> Store guy: “OK”
> Michael Newman
> Professor of Linguistics
> Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders
> Queens College/CUNY
> mnewman at
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