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You stand need doing that!

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ThenCameTheFools · 26/06/2018 15:44

Would you say this was standard English? I'm from Nottingham and it was something my gran would say to mean "you really shouldn't" and I was just pondering if it's a local thing, or not. It just stuck me what an odd construction it actually is!

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NeverLovedElvis · 26/06/2018 15:49

Definitely not standard. If you hadn't explained the meaning I would have assumed it meant the exact opposite - "you really must do that"!


ThenCameTheFools · 26/06/2018 16:18

Exactly! It's one of those things that, growing up hearing it, doesn't strike you as odd, but when you start looking at it word by word, you think wtf!

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redhotpokamum · 21/01/2023 21:23

I'm from Nottingham too and grew us with people saying 'you stand need' mean in big exactly that, that you shouldn't. Also if from Nottingham have you also heard people saying yame for being embarrassed?


ImJustMadAboutSaffron · 10/02/2023 21:51

I've heard that as I worked in Nottingham for a while. I couldn't work it out. It was said in a way that implied someone was being a hypocrite.

I was asked if I wanted any tuffies and when I said yes was handed some Haribos. I thought they meant toffee but it apparently extends to sweets of all descriptions.

Also "That'll work, not it?" which actually meant won't it.

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