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    John, mah maan!

    What does "mah man" or "mah maaan" mean?

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    Re: John, mah maan!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    What does "mah man" or "mah maaan" mean?
    "My man." It's some sort of American dialect, I think it means "my friend".

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    #3

    Re: John, mah maan!

    Thanks my friend

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    Re: John, mah maan!

    Mah man would be my man, maybe it is spoken like this informally, or by someone who can't speak well........

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    Re: John, mah maan!

    Quote Originally Posted by Huda-M View Post
    Mah man would be my man, maybe it is spoken like this informally, or by someone who can't speak well........
    Not quite, Huda-M.

    This is American dialect, and is used in completely informal situations, as you said.

    Mah = my ......... Maaan = man

    Sometimes it is extended to 'Mah main maaahn', which means 'My best friend' or my best helper, worker, neighbour, etc.. Main meaning the 'number 1', or the 'most important'.

    It is used extensively in the music business as a way of showing gratitude, respect, or love for a fellow musician.

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    #6

    Re: John, mah maan!

    Thankyou!

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    #7

    Re: John, mah maan!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamburg View Post
    Not quite, Huda-M.

    This is American dialect, and is used in completely informal situations, as you said.

    Mah = my ......... Maaan = man

    Sometimes it is extended to 'Mah main maaahn', which means 'My best friend' or my best helper, worker, neighbour, etc.. Main meaning the 'number 1', or the 'most important'.

    It is used extensively in the music business as a way of showing gratitude, respect, or love for a fellow musician.
    It sounds like AAVE to me (African American Vernacular English). No doubt some white Americans also speak AAVE.

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