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Need a word for expression

Posted by Gary Martin on November 01, 2009 at 10:54

In Reply to: Need a word for expression posted by ESC on October 31, 2009 at 11:39:

: I am putting together phrases heard during my West Virginia childhood. Here's one: you take - an expression interjected in statements by my great uncle Sanford Walter Vest. "Now, you take, they are saying it's going to be a hard winter." "You take" was used kind of like "mind." "Now, mind, I told them to stop doing that. Or, as I am hearing in British TV series, "mind you." I wanted to call "you take" a byword. But it doesn't fit the Merriam Webster definition.

I've not heard 'you take' in England. It does have the flavour of old England. The rural American states seem to have preserved 17th century English language and accent at least as well as here in Blighty.