[Ads-l] I'm a < I'm going to

Flourish Klink flourish.klink at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 10 18:36:05 EDT 2016


Robin, that's delightful! I had no idea.

On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 6:31 PM Robin Hamilton <
robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:

> ... or apostrophes are eschewed because their use suggests that the term
> transcribed is an incorrect contracted version of a longer and more correct
> norm, whereas, of course, the shorter form is simply part of a particular
> speech
> register.  Different registers, different norms.
>
> Nae apostrophes whin yi come tae transcribe oor speech, ya bas!  ***
>
> This was a rather serious issue in Glasgow in the sixties, long before
> smartfones were a twinkle in Bill Gates' granny's eye.  And here was I
> thinking
> that that particular war was over.
>
> Robin
>
> ***  "ya bas!" -- A terminal syntactic phrase denoting emphasis, possibly
> from
> the Spanish, but no one was ever sure, more probably linked to "basta =
> enough",
> could be heard thereabouts thenwhen, usually in the form of either "Tongs,
> ya
> bas!" or "Cumbie, ya bas!", depending on which religious grouping the
> utterer
> adhered to.
>
> R.
>
> (Who has just antedated "wing=fly to" [London flash slang] by ten years
> from
> 1835 back to 1825, When All England Then Were Slanging It.  Or perhaps it
> will
> appear on-line.  We'll know in two day's time.)
>
> >
> >     On 10 October 2016 at 22:39 Tim Stewart <
> timoteostewart1977 at GMAIL.COM>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> >     Surely apostrophes gradually disappear from these and similar lexical
> > items
> >     because it's extra keystrokes for tweeters and texters to include
> them.
> >
> >
> >     - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> - - -
> > -
> >     - - - - - - - - - - -
> >     Read excerpts from the forthcoming *Dictionary of Christianese
> >     <http://www.dictionaryofchristianese.com/>*
> >
> >
> >     On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 4:34 PM, Flourish Klink <
> flourish.klink at gmail.com>
> >     wrote:
> >
> >     > That's strange—I use "imma," and have for years. Never occurred to
> me
> >     > that
> >     > it struck people as oddly spelled. I just mentally insert the break
> >     > between
> >     > "I'm" and "ma," which is what happens phonetically when I say it
> anyway.
> >     > I'm-ma.
> >     >
> >     > On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 5:23 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >     >
> >     > > On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 5:13 PM, Geoffrey Nathan
> >     > > <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
> >     > > wrote:
> >     > >
> >     > > > completely bizarre ... I don't buy this.
> >     > >
> >     > >
> >     > > I agree.
> >     > >
> >     > >
> >     > > --
> >     > > -Wilson
> >     > > -----
> >     > > 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.
> >     > > -Mark Twain
> >     > >
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