Is it okay to say "neither me"?
WillyNilly00 · 15/11/2019 13:33
So I say neither me and a new colleague keeps correcting me, apparently it's "neither I" or "me neither".
I've tried to google but still unsure, maybe it's just a colloquialism? I'm from the Midlands if that helps.
Person 1: It's raining and I don't have an umbrella
Person 2: No, neither me
Am I unreasonable to use the phrase "neither me"
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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merryhouse · 15/11/2019 13:40
Neither me sounds very odd to my ears. Growing up (in Leicestershire) I'd have said "nor me". "Me neither" wormed its way into my consciousness later (I can be certain about this because I'm thinking of it as nee-ther not nye-ther and I didn't ever say neether myself).
"Neither I" is just ridiculous. You might say "neither do I" but then that's moved out of idiom and onto complete sentences.
As to which is grammatically correct: probably "nor I" (that's what usually ends up in books).
Cornettoninja · 15/11/2019 13:41
I’m from the West Midlands and never heard your way round. It does sound grating because I think it’s wrong. A bit like ‘Fred learnt me how to read’.
That said, I think it’s okay to correct once, kindly and discreetly, but not to go on about it. How often do you say it for it to be an issue? Is it an important for your role to be grammatically correct?
CountFosco · 15/11/2019 13:48
I'm Scottish and have never heard neither me. However, having experienced people being very rude to me when I use phrases they don't know (outwith being the classic example) I think it's always best to assume someone is using a dialect phrase and so you shouldn't 'correct' an adult's spoken language.
WillyNilly00 · 15/11/2019 14:05
@39Thestrangestthing I'm aware there are two threads. The first didn't have voting so I pressed back and changed it, not realising this would result in there being two, I have asked for it to be removed though.
Thanks everyone, seems I am wrong but at 35 I've never been corrected before! I will try to wean it out of my vocabulary
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