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    Question Re: Grey's Anatomy

    I watched Grey's Anatomy, an American TV drama, and heard a dialogue as below:

    You don't understand. Me gonads, you ovaries.

    Questions:

    1. Me gonads, you ovaries = I am male, and you are female? in this context. Why did the speaker use 'gonads' and 'ovaries'? Did it sound humourous? If I say this, can people understand me?

    2. Why did the speaker use "me" but not "I'.

    Thanks!

    P.S. I have looked up my dictionary about 'gonads', and 'ovaries'. I understood what they mean.

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    "Me Tarzan, You Jane." Remember Tarzan?

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    "Me Tarzan, You Jane." Remember Tarzan?
    Me China, you Canada. Tarzan, especially English version, is not available/popular here. I just knew a little about the story.

    Could you give me another hand further? Thank you.

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    An English nobleman's baby son is lost in the African colonies and is raised by gorillas and lions. When the English find him again, he is simple and speaks like this: 'Me Tarzan, you Jane.' It's a traditional variant of the story that he loves Jane.

    The show you were watching is recycling this joke and making all the humorous assumptions you correctly mention.

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    Thank you for your help again.

    Can people understand me if I say,"Me gonads, you ovaries" if I refer to I am a man, you are a woman?

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    Will they understand you? Probably. But you better have a VERY good reason to say this and a very good relationship with the person you say it too.

    I strongly advise you to never say this.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thank you for your advise, Barb_D.

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    Advise (v) cf. advice (n).

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I watched Grey's Anatomy, an American TV drama, and heard a dialogue as below:

    You don't understand. Me gonads, you ovaries.

    Questions:

    1. Me gonads, you ovaries = I am male, and you are female? in this context. Why did the speaker use 'gonads' and 'ovaries'? Did it sound humourous? If I say this, can people understand me?

    2. Why did the speaker use "me" but not "I'.

    Thanks!

    P.S. I have looked up my dictionary about 'gonads', and 'ovaries'. I understood what they mean.
    It sounds like a strange thing to say in a medical show. Gonads is used for both ovaries and testicles. There are female gonads and male gonads - unless 'gonads' is used in American lay culture for just male gonads.

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    Re: Grey's Anatomy

    I think that's right, Ray. It must have been a lay person, who assumed gonads meant testes.

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