Terms for familys; was Re: Heard on The Judges

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Sun Jan 27 16:49:18 UTC 2008

My cousin's widow (Lafayette, Indiana, born early 1900s, now
deceased) would use first name in the plural to refer to a family:
e.g., Dons or Carols, meaning Don and his family or Carol and her
family. I think I have heard others in that family group use it as
well, but I won't swear to it. (I suppose it could formally be a
genitive, but I processed it as a plural--and I didn't like to noodge
kinfolks about language quirks--they thought I was weird enough!)


On 26 Jan 2008, at 9:53, Mark Mandel wrote:

> 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.
> <<<
> <http://www.americandialect.org>
> 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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