Is this a good sentence?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 18 12:15:35 UTC 2013

> "I love me some him."

If anybody ever said that, I'd vote it QOTY.

Who's the verbal genius/moron responsible?


On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:41 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at>
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> > I'm not about "good" or "bad" when it's not my dialect, but my guess (in
> print a few years back) is that people who want to try out the personal
> dative because it's trendy ("I love me some him", "I love me some Wilson
> Gray", "He needs him a new pickup", etc.) but don't really control the
> construction end up using the reflexive (because they're used to using the
> reflexive in ordinary indirect object sentences ("He got himself a new
> pickup").  So the "correct" dialectal ordinary pronoun in the above
> sentence (" those who love them some heavy metal") is naturalized to
> the reflexive ("…to those who love themselves some heavy metal").
> Once thar you've explained it, it has become transparent! Well done! ;-)
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