"money" as AAVE quasi-pronoun?

Bob Fitzke fitzke at VOYAGER.NET
Thu Nov 9 14:32:47 UTC 2000

I have a friend I've known since '92 who calls good friends "Money" on a
regular basis. I've also heard it used the same way prior to that, on
occasions, but can't provide a specific instance.


Jesse Sheidlower 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']
> alone".
> I have a vague sense that I've encountered this elsewhere, or
> that it is at least slightly common, but I can't find any
> additional examples. Parallel examples with other AAVE
> direct-address terms sound plausible to my ear (e.g.
> "Homes was doin' great!" (invented ex.)), but I can't find
> evidence for them either.
> 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?
> Jesse Sheidlower

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