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"you was" from grown adults

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CoffeeShoppe Mon 22-Apr-13 15:19:16



Short rant over.

StarsAboveYou Mon 22-Apr-13 15:20:52

Alesha Dixon used to say that on Strictly all the time. It drove me mental!

You are right, it is awful.

LadyMountbatten Mon 22-Apr-13 15:21:58

its lundon innit

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 22-Apr-13 15:22:11

Because they don't know it's incorrect obv grin

CoffeeShoppe Mon 22-Apr-13 15:23:05

Oh I am not alone, good.


"we was"

would rather hear nails on a blackboard.

CoffeeShoppe Mon 22-Apr-13 15:23:52

is it London? It doesn't even sound correct though.

HighJinx Mon 22-Apr-13 15:52:06

I don't think it's just London. I used to work in Cornwall and I can clearly remember a woman with a very strong Cornish accent who said 'What was you thinking?' so often it became like a catch phrase.

Being unable to conjugate the verb 'to be' seems sad.

iseenodust Mon 22-Apr-13 15:58:20

Hear it up in Yorkshire too.
This one where the teachers need to look at their profession.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 22-Apr-13 15:59:13

There's apparently a driving school car in Scunthorpe with 'Keep Back - You Was A Learner Once Too!' on the back hmm

iseenodust Mon 22-Apr-13 16:00:13

This is one ... Sorry

schobe Mon 22-Apr-13 16:00:26

It's a regional thing and I really, genuinely don't understand why it matters.

Gerrof Mon 22-Apr-13 16:01:51

It is a regional thing I think.

I am a fussy judgemental twat but I don't care about this.

schobe Mon 22-Apr-13 16:04:40

Yes Gerrof, I too am a fussy twat but am surprised to find that regional variations just don't bother me. In part it may be because DH is from Belfast and persistently has people treating him as though he's thick just because of said variations.

He's found it useful for sorting the wheat from the chaff though.

FoundAChopinLizt Mon 22-Apr-13 16:05:51

Isn't it the same as 'I were int pub last night'. Just part of a dialect.

drjohnsonscat Mon 22-Apr-13 16:07:43

definitely a London thing although obviously heard elsewhere too. It's wrong wherever you hear it though.

People who say it don't "hear" it as wrong so it's difficult to stop yourself from saying it if you were brought up with it as the correct form. As Coffeeshoppe says, it definitely doesn't sound correct to most people but if you were brought up with it you just think that is the way you conjugate that verb. It's a shame because you will definitely be judged on it.

DadOnIce Mon 22-Apr-13 16:09:51

Along with "a'n't yuh?" and "i'n't yuh?".

WeakAtTheCheese Mon 22-Apr-13 18:39:15

Ds2's speech therapist used to say it. It drove me nuts.

iklboo Mon 22-Apr-13 18:42:51

DH & his family all say it too (Manchester). Drives me bonkers.

EvilTwins Mon 22-Apr-13 18:44:15

Grates on me too, as does "I done..." which gets used a lot round here (Gloucs) as in "I done my paper round when I got home then I done my homework"

ggirl Mon 22-Apr-13 18:45:50

It makes my teeth itch hearing it, really annoys me when I hear childrens presenters saying it.

Fuckwittery Mon 22-Apr-13 18:49:53

I have a colleague, a solicitor, who says 'you was' and 'I done'. It sounds bloody awful! She"s not working in a hairdressers, she's charging people 200 quid an hour to hear her appalling grammar!

DejaB00 Mon 22-Apr-13 18:56:26

I don't think it's a regional thing. I know lots of people from outside London who say it, and I'm afraid to say it's probably down to their (lack of) education.

clarkej Mon 22-Apr-13 19:05:47

I'm sorry but it's "thou wast"."You" is second person plural so you are all wrong you middle English bunch of modern talking whingers.Although in Scotland second person plural is "yoos",as in "yoos kin awe gaun an bile yer heeds".

HighJinx Mon 22-Apr-13 19:25:11

I do wonder sometimes if years ago people used to shake their heads in horror when people stopped talking about 'thou' and started saying 'you' instead.

Language evolves and maybe in the future people will be 'correct' when they say 'why was you sat at the table when you could of been sat on the sofa?'

SacreBlue Mon 22-Apr-13 19:31:23

schobe lol! The head of our debating/public speaking club at school near had all that bad talk beat out if us wink

I remember getting teased for going from mad culchie to 'propa' English. The boy & I reside in Belfast now and have settled in to a mix of Frankie & Culchie but when I have to deal with 'authorities' or speak in public I find the old RP creeping back in...

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