Tee Hee

Naughty boy Willem, naughty boy:

P.S. For those who have noticed, I am indeed trying out \’yo\’ as a replacement for he/she/it, him, her, and \’yo\’s\’ for his/her/its.  It\’s the only hope for George W. Bush to leave a positive legacy in any area of life.

7 comments on “Tee Hee

  1. I don’t know anything about whether GW threw a “yo” in somewhere or not. However, I’m in a good position to discuss the “yo” itself.

    It’s an expression that has been characteristic of Philadelphia and immediate environs for as long as I can remember–that’s going back about 65 years. My dad (a Philly native), a person of educated speech and manner (and the top Greek scholar at Penn) indulged occasionally.

    It’s a greeting (“Yo, Jack”), a summons (“Yo–who’s for half-ball?”), an exclamation to express surprise, delight, annoyance–virtually all-pupose. Among kids, it was a cultural identifier of sorts when meeting a new kid (or kids)., who, not infrequently, would actually be asked, “Do yous guys say “Yo?” (That’s the Philly regional “yous”–pronounced “youz”–as opposed to the NYC/Brooklyn urban “youse” of identical meaning and comparable, likewise to the rural “you-uns,” the mid-South “you-all,” or the deep-South “y’all.”)

    It was a usage that didn’t seem to get far from Philly–even across the river in NJ, until Philly people started moving over in numbers about 50 years ago. I’d guess a certain resurgence and spread is due to the “Rocky” series of movies.

  2. “I prefer “hir” for his/hers and “se” for he/she…”

    Did you type that tongue-in-cheek? Because that really isn’t the way human beings converse here on Planet Earth.

  3. In Baltimore police argot, a yo is an idiot. (Cf ‘The Wire’, finest TV drama ever.) So, on the evidence above, is – no, not Dubya – this Willem you quote; and if you think I’m going to follow the link, you must be crazy, yo.

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