[Ads-l] "There are no backsies" -- an adult adopt's a feature of children's speech

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 3 21:20:36 EST 2019


PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) is the most-subscribed personality on
YouTube. Currently, he has 79 million subscribers. Recently, he used
the schema "X did an oopsie".

Website: YouTube
Title: PewDiePie's biggest OOPSIE.
Date: Dec 11, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph8M_8sVOEA
[Begin excerpt]
Battlefield did an oopsie.
The Game Awards did an oopsie
[End excerpt]

The following journal article might be relvant based on the title. I
have not read it.

The Adultlike Child and the Childlike Adult: Socialization in an Electronic Age
Joshua Meyrowitz
Daedalus
Vol. 113, No. 3, Anticipations (Summer, 1984), pp. 19-48
Published by: The MIT Press on behalf of American Academy of Arts & Sciences
https://www.jstor.org/stable/20024926

On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 8:21 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> Is “fronties-backsies” just a NYC thing?  No relation to “no backsies” (which my spellcheck insists should be “no backsides”).  The idea is that when you’re waiting on line (this is New York, so it’s not *in* line), you can’t let a friend in the line behind you without violating ethical rules.  But you can let them in in front of you, and then they can trade places with you.  Of course, this can be objected to by some, with the cry “no frontsies-backsies”.  Oops, just realized this rang a bell, and sure enough…
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> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2006-October/063223.html
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> But I’m not sure this made it to adult speech, or the other example I cited in that thread, “black black no back”.
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> LH
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> > On Jan 3, 2019, at 7:00 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU> wrote:
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> > I'm collecting examples of children's speech influencing the speech of adults, and on Dec. 18 I heard one more.
> >
> > MSNBC moderator and legal analyst Ari Melber said General Mike Flynn pled guilty to lying to the  FBI but later tried to take that plea back; Flynn implied he was really innocent due to being duped or entrapped in his FBI interview.
> >
> >
> > Ari Melber's comment to all this: "You can't take it back.  There are no backsies in federal court when you plea."
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> >
> > Gerald Cohen
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