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

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 4 10:54:50 EST 2019


> Is “fronties-backsies” just a NYC thing?

We had "no butt-in-skys" when I was a kid.  "No backsies" was more often
"no take-backs".

On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 7:21 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

> 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…
>
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2006-October/063223.html
>
> But I’m not sure this made it to adult speech, or the other example I
> cited in that thread, “black black no back”.
>
> LH
>
> > On Jan 3, 2019, at 7:00 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU>
> wrote:
> >
> > 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."
> >
> >
> > Gerald Cohen
> >
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