Heard on The Judges

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 26 15:53:56 UTC 2008

Meaning "Mom and her family", "John and his family"?

m a m (not M&M or Eminem)

On Jan 26, 2008 12:05 AM, Dave Hause <dwhause at jobe.net> wrote:

> My wife uses that (central Illinois but idiolect probably mostly from her
> grandmother - southern Indiana/northern Kentucky) or at least almost - it
> sounds to me more like "Mom 'n 'em"and the "them" may be no more than her
> mother's sister.
> Dave Hause, dwhause at jobe.net
> Waynesville, MO
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> "Mommanem" etc. is a shibboleth of Pittsburghese.

Wilson had written:

> The speaker was a late-thirtyish white man from Saint Louis:
> "I know that it was _John-nem_ [nEm] on the boat."

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