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Need a word for expression

Posted by Smokey Stover on November 01, 2009 at 17:51

In Reply to: Need a word for expression posted by Gary Martin on November 01, 2009 at 10:54:

: : 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.

"You take" as a subject and predicate is very well known all over English-speaking North America, as in recipes, and how-to explanations. "You take a cup of sugar. . ."

But ESC's great-uncles free-standing use of the phrase is something else. I don't think I've heard it, but I can't rule it out. It could be an apocopation of "You take my word for it," or it could be the start of a thought that was cut off or abandoned. I could easily believe that "You take" could be a substitute for "Postulate . . ." But the particular sentence quoted by ESC seems to defy explanation. That usage is certainly not standard American.