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me (2)

 /miy/ pron. [Pan-Creole; although variously attributed to English me (cf. Brit. dial. Mid me unemphatic form of the nominative EDD), Fr. moi, Sp. or Port. me, or Dutch mij, the pronouns for 'I' in the creoles seem to have converged with forms such as mi, ma, me, mo, muami etc. for "I" in over 80 West African languages (Migeod 117-24)]

1. I (now considered archaic or rustic; used mainly by older speakers, children or Haitians): 1918 Me no tiger [a song] (Parsons 36). 1966 And me go down (Crowley 53). 1977 Me couldn't eat it (Shilling 101). Me na know where da seed does come from—me na see do root (Crooked). (Black)

2. [also Brit. dial.] my: 1966 Hold me hand (Crowley 57). Me like lock me gate (Acklins). cf. MUH (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-11-11 05:03
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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