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Re: 21st World Wide SketchCrawl

Posted by D on December 3, 2008, 3:19 pm, in reply to "Re: 21st World Wide SketchCrawl "
Message modified by board administrator December 3, 2008, 3:27 pm

Hi Don,

Hmmm, when am I be a linguist?

I think Rennie is referring to something you see when people crawl around.
Drawers works for me but I actually prefer the word panties.

Did notice the word "hisself" in your response, had to look that one up y’all.

Here is three different definitions starting from the simplest to the more complex,
but I defer to the Great Jane the Jeopardy Gorby for the final ruling.


Used in place of the word "himself" by non-educated, moronic, toothless wonders from the "hills" or the "hood". Usually heard in overabundance at NASCAR events.

Hisself is a Substandard form of the reflexive and emphatic pronoun himself. It occurs almost exclusively in speech and is used as a shibboleth against all inadvertent users except very small children.

his·self (hz-slf)
pron. Chiefly Southern & South Midland U.S.

Our Living Language Speakers of some vernacular American dialects, particularly in the South, may use the possessive reflexive form hisself instead of himself (as in He cut hisself shaving) and theirselves or theirself for themselves (as in They found theirselves alone). These forms reflect the tendency of speakers of vernacular dialects to regularize irregular patterns found in the corresponding standard variety. In Standard English, the pattern of reflexive pronoun forms shows slightly irregular patterning; all forms but two are composed of the possessive form of the pronoun and -self or -selves, as in myself or ourselves. The exceptions are himself and themselves, which are formed by attaching the suffix -self/-selves to the object forms of he and they rather than their possessive forms. Speakers who use hisself and theirselves are smoothing out the pattern's inconsistencies by applying the same rule to all forms in the set.·A further regularization is the use of -self regardless of number, yielding the forms ourself and theirself. Using a singular form in a plural context may seem imprecise, but the plural meaning of ourself and theirself is made clear by the presence of the plural forms our- and their-. Hisself and theirselves have origins in British English and are still prevalent today in vernacular speech in England.


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