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Old 08-30-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Unhappy Alan Jackson - Gone Country lyrics, don't get the word


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She's gone country, look at them boots
She's gone country, back to her roots
She's gone country, a new kind of suit
She's gone country, here she comes
I don't get this phrase - "look at them boots". Makes no sence to me. Can you guys please explain me?

Look at them booting?
Or maybe "look at their boots"?
 
Old 08-30-2010, 10:31 AM   #2
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It's a fairly common form used in some kinds of slang, particularly in rural areas. Them is used as a substitute for those. "Look at those boots."
 
Old 08-30-2010, 11:02 AM   #3
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m r ducks
m r not
osar, c m wangs
lib m r ducks

Here, those(them) is replaced by 'm'
Translation:
Those are ducks.
They are not.
Oh yes they are -see those wings?
Well, I'll be, those are ducks
 
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gnashley, what dialect is this?
 
Old 08-30-2010, 11:26 AM   #5
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As David the H. said, it's just a common way of speaking in rural areas.
 
Old 08-30-2010, 02:34 PM   #6
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Makes no sence to me. Can you guys please explain me?
Can I suggest to you that using the lyrics to Country Music songs to hone your English is like using the historical practices of Microsoft to learn high quality software engineering? Dangerously on topic for Linux Questions (I hope that's allowed in General), I suppose, but there is some, errr, eccentric and idiomatic usage on display.
 
Old 08-31-2010, 04:22 AM   #7
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Dangerously on topic for Linux Questions (I hope that's allowed in General)
From the /General topic title:

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This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!
So I guess you could say you're "having fun"...
 
Old 08-31-2010, 04:47 AM   #8
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"General" is for:
non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!

So I find no problem here.
 
Old 08-31-2010, 08:46 AM   #9
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Another common variation is to further reduce them to dem, as in this famous old spiritual:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYb8Wm6-QfA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_Bones


And if you haven't yet figured out the secret to gnashley's post #3, it's simply a bit of classic humor based on common rural speech patterns. Try pronouncing each letter separately.
 
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Another common variation is to further reduce them to dem
And also to 'em.
 
Old 08-31-2010, 09:28 AM   #11
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" 'em " is widely-spread in the US, isn't it?
 
Old 08-31-2010, 11:27 AM   #12
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" 'em " is widely-spread in the US, isn't it?
In some cities more than others, but yeah.
 
Old 08-31-2010, 03:30 PM   #13
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Get 'em while ther hot! I would say that 'dem' comes from old-South African American dialect: dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, dem dry, dry bones
Here, wikipedia agrees:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_Bones

As to where my earlier example came from: it's Wes Texis
 
Old 08-31-2010, 03:54 PM   #14
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As to where my earlier example came from: it's Wes Texis
shur enuf aint.
 
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shur enuf aint.
Un thats nor ow wid say it in Owdam. It ud be:
Nay, lad, thas wrong theer.
 
  


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