Heard on The Judges: " -nim" in possessive

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 29 14:30:32 UTC 2009

Judge Penny (late-forty-ish black woman from Atlanta):

"How you gon' have five girlfriends and be so broke that you still
livin' in _yo' mama-nim house_?!"

I've never heard it expressed this way, before. I would have expected:

"... still livin' in the house _wit' cho' mama-nim_?!"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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