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    Re: American English Dialects

    Quote Originally Posted by Týr View Post
    Look at the shadow in the foreground. It shows that the lad's looking upward, effectively into the sun. He's shading his eyes, or at least trying to, so as to see the rider more clearly. The civility is in having opened the gate for the horseman, as the description suggests.




    eta: looking again, consider the hat denoted by the shadow. That's a yeoman's hat, not an upper class hat. No gentleman would be seen dead wearing a hat that shape.
    His hand is curled and it's not shading his eyes. Nice try though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnoozeAgain View Post
    His hand is curled and it's not shading his eyes. Nice try though.
    I will concede that the expression, to tug one's forelock, has been around since time immemorial - it's used in Piers the Plowman, for example, from around 1400. Possibly back that far it was a gesture, though I suggest it's more likely even then to have been an ironic name of the act of putting one's hand to one's forehead in respect.

    I have been to many parts of this kingdom over many years and I have never once seen anyone actually tug their forelock. I doubt anyone else alive has ever seen it done either, other than jokingly.
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    Which is how my comment should have been taken... jokingly. Weirdo.

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    Tabby, I don't say 'youse'. I do have a real New York accent though. With impeccable grammar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    Tabby, I don't say 'youse'. I do have a real New York accent though. With impeccable grammar!
    Is that grammar or gramma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandrin View Post
    Is that grammar or gramma?


    Love ya! Youse figure it out!

    btw: Coffee is correctly pronounced as Caw-fee. Right?

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    Re: American English Dialects

    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post

    btw: Coffee is correctly pronounced as Caw-fee. Right?
    Unless you venture into Jersey where it is Cooa-fee. Now if you go to Starbucks, it becomes very very complicated....

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    Re: American English Dialects

    Here's an extremely in-depth look at regional dialects amazingly and painstakingly compiled by a self-described amateur although I'd say he's probably as expert as the next. He's put together an astounding amount of information and some day when I have about 5 months of free time, I may be able to read it in its entirety. The map is shown in larger detail further down the page. It's a busy map but fascinating to anyone interested. He should be proud of his efforts!

    American English Dialects

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