Heard: "I'm on *your* guys's side!" [NT]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 24 02:04:11 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sounds a little odd but not impossible.

Well, we know that it's not impossible because somebody said it and it
sparked no kind of reaction among his hearers.

I was struck by the genitivization of "you" into "your." OTOH, I've
been hearing "us/you/them _guys's_ [whatever]" for centuries.

"YMMV," to borrow yet another Larry-ism.

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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