J. Eulenberg eulenbrg at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Sep 10 19:40:45 UTC 2003

Now, what surprises me about this is that up until a recent British film,
I had always associated the phrase "innit" with Native American language
patterns in written materials (see Sherman Alexie, for example).  I was so
excited one day when I heard one Native American say to another, "Innit?"
Now I shall have to listen to the "over" accent, or stare, to be certain
of the speaker's background!

Julia Niebuhr Eulenberg <eulenbrg at>

On Wed, 10 Sep 2003, Peter A. McGraw wrote:

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> I noticed a few years ago that an English friend (an academic who teaches
> at Lancaster University) used "innit" as an all-purpose prompt for
> confirmation, a la the German "nicht wahr?"  I.e., not merely "That's
> funny, innit?" but e.g., "He's crazy...innit?"  There didn't even have to
> be a form of "be" in the sentence, though I can't think of a
> plausible-sounding example just now.
> Peter Mc.
> --On Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:24 AM -0400 sagehen
> <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM> wrote:
> > I frequently heard "innit" for "isn't it" in England thirty years ago,
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