Cedric Weehunt's phrase

Discussion in 'Radio' started by Espee, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. Espee

    Espee Practically Family

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    On "Lum n' Abner"... slow-witted Cedric often answers Lum or Abner with "Yes mom..." or is it "Yes ma'am..." or is it "Yes marm..."?
    None make sense. Is there an archaic word involved here?
     
  2. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    It's just like it sounds, "yes mum" or "yes'm." That's a very old vestige of rural Southern/hill country dialect as a general expression of subservience by a speaker of lower class to one of higher class. Similar uses can be found in old rural dialects in England, which were the direct source of the usage in the American South.

    Poor Cedric wasn't always slow-witted -- supposedly he got that way when he was kicked in the head by a horse when he was "a little kid of a boy."
     
  3. Espee

    Espee Practically Family

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    Okay... so, about the same as when I've heard black (or blackface) characters answer with "Yazz'm..."
     
  4. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Exactly the same root.
     

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