Posted by Word Camel on January 24, 2004
In Reply to: "Mi duck" posted by pdianek on January 24, 2004
: From SheffieldToday.net: One asylum seeker from Syria [said] . . . "I think Sheffield people are very friendly and have helped me feel at home. I have learnt to say 'mi duck' and now I support Sheffield United".
: I'm supposing that "mi" is pronounced "mee" or a fast M-apostrophe. Why "duck"? Is this a particular-to-Sheffield expression? Meaning?
'Me' means 'my' as in 'my duck'. It's used in speaking as a sort of familiar 'flavouring element' (at least that's what my German professor called them). It's a bit the way people sometimes use 'my friend'. I think 'duck' is used in other parts of the UK as well to varying degrees.