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

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Mon Oct 10 19:43:16 EDT 2016


https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/dictionary/prime-time-for-imma/
Includes a survey of some of the songs from 2010 featuring "im(')(m)a"

> On Oct 10, 2016, at 6:36 PM, Flourish Klink <flourish.klink at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 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.
>>> 
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>>>    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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