money as AAVE quasi-pronoun?

Grant Barrett gbarrett at MONICKELS.COM
Thu Nov 9 08:08:36 UTC 2000

On mercredi 8 novembre 2000 22:44, Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM> wrote:
>In HDAS, under _money_ 'friend (in direct address)' (e.g.
>"Yo, money, whassup?"), we have two examples where this
>_money_ is functioning as a quasi-pronoun: "Money
>[i.e. 'he'] can rap" and "Leave money [i.e. 'him']

>Is anyone familiar with this usage--preferably with
>examples, but at least able to confirm or refute my
>suspicion that the construction has at least some
>currency? Is this construction or parallels used
>in any other way?

I think you should check out the movie "Swingers." It's a Nineties white kid cult
classic, and although "money" is used as in "You are so money" in a notable scene, I
suspect you'll find your quasi-pronoun usage there as well.

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