I will be sharing this with my students next school year. Love it.
That's great Helen I shared it with the nurses here where I teach English
Actually, in some old english expressions the verb to be can be used as in the cartoon.
Here there be Dragons.
Just found these images....and loved them. Mind if we share these on our fan page?
Hi, I'm sorry that I'm just now responding but I didn't see your comment until a minute ago. Yes, feel free to share it.
Where I come from (the Black Country in the English West Midlands), the verb 'to be' declines thus:
First person singular: 'Ah'm'
Second..................: 'Yo'm' or 'Tha bist'
Third : 'E's' or 'Er's' (sic)
First person plural....: 'We'm'
Second...................: 'Yo'm' Third: 'They'm'. Not wrong. Different.
Cool, Grant. "Bist" is German for "are".
They say 'bist 'in Yorkshire too - and there was a very strong Viking presence there 1000 years ago
'are' in German is also 'sind'
In Weston Super Mare it's 'I be' 'you be' he/she/it be' 'we be' and 'they be'. Except when you want to emphasize something, in which case you use 'are' as in 'I ARE' .
where you come from, in the.....sorry i fell asleep
Having lived 37 years in the Black Country (Wolverhampton)before coming to Thailand, that above sounds Dudley-ish, especially 'tha bist'. In Wolves, they ask 'Am yow ...?' instead of 'are you ...?'
And what happened to 'Oi'm' instead of 'I'm'? Very Wolves, Wednesbury and Walsall, that.
Hence the nickname 'Yam-yams' for people from Wolves ...
Why are pirates called pirates?
Because they ARRRRE
Som are called Poli- titians
Lovely stuff Ronnie, which I've taken the liberty of sharing. Can't help thinking it could be the start of a school text book, Grant Baynham's perfectly correct local observation notwithstanding. My adopted county of Norfolk has some interesting quirks too, esp 'do' in subjunctive eg "Do we don't swab the deck the cap'n will roar"
That reminds me of the quintessential Newfoundland "Stay where you're to 'till I comes where you're at".
Well , Shiver my Buckets of Dead Man's Booty !
As we arrived at school two days ago, I said to my 11 year old 'We'm yur' ... how my yonks-ago neighbours on the Somerset/Devon border would have said 'we're here' ..... on reflection not the most helpful quip given that last night he was revising about 12 English tenses!!!!!
I moved to Somerset a year ago and was puzzled when the plumber asked where my vacuum cleaner was to.
That too has confused my 11 yo.... when he tells his dad something about something being somewhere and dad queries 'where to?' meaning not that something has gone somewhere, simply locating where it IS..... then 11yo's instinctive response is 'where to what?' ... and it goes round in circles!
An hilarious thread. I love it. We don't have those 'quirky' dialects in Australia...just say it flat and preferably through the nasal passage is all that is required here :)-
Bring them up to stay kids
Y'awl sound like a bunch o' Brits. Ever raise chickens? If'n y' do, y'awl'll know why a chicken coop's got 2 doors. 'At's 'cuz if'n it had 4 doors, it'd be a chicken sedan. An' if it had 5, it'd be a hatchback.
I've been waiting for some Appalachian! Obviously, the deeply isolated dialect of Appalachia is the evolved from the British/Irish/Wales settlers that came over and settled there and stayed isolated in the hills and hollers for so long. In fact, Bill Bryson's research in his book, "Mother Tongue" discusses that out of all of the regions of Great Britain, it is actually the hills of Appalachia in southern Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee that most closely resemble Shakespeare's English, employing words such as "thrice" and other terminology. I'm not sure where Grant's area is that he described (Black Country in the English West Midlands), but it was very close to a description of Appalachian dialect. My mother, uncle and grandmother were from that region (my mother is now 94) and this is a very accurate portrayal of their speech, and in fact, I still say "Ahm" regarding first person. I'll stop rambling now. Thanks for this intriguing thread.
Do ye know wha' we pirates do when we relax?
We unbuckle our swashes.
The plural of 'cannon' is 'cannon', I believe.
Perhaps the metal ones...but the cannon that is written, as in a statement of beliefs...I think it is a normal plural, as in; " the cannons of one's faith".
A cannon is an artillery weapon. Plural is cannon.
A canon is either a priest on the staff of a bishop OR it is a rule by which the church is governed. Plural is canons.
What kind of socks to Pirates wear??
Cute. Anything with pirates is cool.
Greg. What age do you teach? I am writing a kids book about pirates.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Here on the other side of the pond we have as many quirks as there are states. In New York, where I grew up you plural was youse (pronounced "yuz". In western Pennsylvania, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was you'ons (pronounced "Yuns"). Up here in New England, youah, as in youah cahr is double pahked n
I worked in the UK West Country (mostly Wiltshire and Somerset) for a while and a common greeting was "'Ow bist?" when enquiring after one's health.
"Where is that to?" was often used when asking for location, as was "Where to is that then? although the latter was more likely found further west in South Wales.
Knowing these little quirks of language is what makes life so interesting.
'course, nobody ACTUALLY says "Where is that to, then?"; it sounds like "Wurzat too 'en?". Jus' sayin'.
Well ACTUALLY you're wrong there. My really rather well educated (inverse hyperbole....lots of qualifications, tbh) says exactly that. Not wurzatoo, which my old neighbours would have said!!
Can I pretty please post this in my school library? We have a "grammar mistakes" bulletin board that's brand new and this would set just the tone I'm looking for!
Mistakes? These are just grammar forms some purist ain't put in the dictionary yet.
They're more akin to dialectical idiosyncracies. BTW, I was about to write almost the same reply to the error on cannon above, but you beat me to it! I had two uncles who were Reverends, BTW, and named after one of them, my brother the second. Very unoriginal naming system in my family...
Hi Scott...I'm a grammarian. AWESOME COMIC! I so want to post the first square as an alternate to my current image on my proofreading site.
1 - will you grant permission for me to post on my proofreading site(s) (& maybe on twitter @GrossWriting)?
2 - will you allow me to make a grammatical correction to the text?
I will post it with your name & domain clearly printed in the lower right.
It so happens I write about pirates! So this is too perfect to let it go without asking.
Feel free Tammy.
Thanx! You're the talk of the grammar world, ya know!
Hi, I emailed last month and you kindly gave me permission to reproduce these delightful cartoons. I wrote back to say that I can't download them, and to request that you email them to me. But there's been no response, and I'm wondering if you got my request. So I'm repeating it via this website messaging system.