Posted by RRC on June 11, 2007
In Reply to: I done... posted by ESC on June 10, 2007
: : : 'I done' and 'I seen' and 'I have went'. These are all in common use in parts of central Scotland, especially Glasgow. I wonder if this is just 'bad English' or is there any evidence of a 'legitimate' origin?
: : Central Scotland, eh? Watch any American television show which is all or partly unscripted and you'll find this is still the language of hoi polloi. Legitimate? According to modern linguistic doctrine, anything uttered by anyone is "legitimate." But that's a snide answer to your legitimate qustion, to which I can't give a useful answer.
: : SS
: Especially, in the United States, witnesses to a crime who are being interviewed for TV news: "I done seen it."
Would you like to see "Gone with the Wind"? No, I done went and seen it already.