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    Lauren Cooper

    I recently came across Lauren Cooper's videos. They make me laugh a lot and would probably do even more if I could understand everything. Unforunately, I'm sometimes completely unable to get when these guys mean. Slang expressions and their accent make some phrases totally incomprehensible to me.
    But watching them I learned to recongize some of them and now, I have some questions about them.
    1) metathesis of 's' and 'k' in the word "ask"
    Have you ever come across this phenomenon? Who does it? Where can I hear it? How popular is it and where?
    2) "is it?" instead of "really?" and most of question tags too.
    Same questions.
    3) "though" at the the end of almost every sentence.
    Same questions plus: what's its function?
    PS: here's a link to one video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l5twcFiYd0
    Last edited by mmasny; 25-Feb-2010 at 20:19. Reason: incomprehensive->incomprehensible

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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    I recently came across Lauren Cooper's videos. They make me laugh a lot and would probably do even more if I could understand everything. Unforunately, I'm sometimes completely unable to get when these guys mean. Slang expressions and their accent make some phrases totally incomprehensive to me.
    But watching them I learned to recongize some of them and now, I have some questions about them.
    1) metathesis of 's' and 'k' in the word "ask"
    Have you ever come across this phenomenon? Who does it? Where can I hear it? How popular is it and where?
    2) "is it?" instead of "really?" and most of question tags too.
    Same questions.
    3) "though" at the the end of almost every sentence.
    Same questions plus: what's its function?
    PS: here's a link to one video: YouTube - Catherine Tate/Lauren working at Billy Burger Bar
    This is a mixture of south London and West Indies English slang.

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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    Thank you for your answer.
    How come a girl from London uses West Indies slang?

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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    It's a comedy and meant to poke fun at the situation.

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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    I understand that, but I noticed that Catherine Tate is very careful about the accents and slang expressions. All her characters are consistent in their ways of speaking and so is Lauren. So I thought there should be some justification for her saying these things.
    I understand also that this is all exaggerated. But a good comedian exaggerates things that really exist I thought?


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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    Very many Londoners have their origins in the West Indies, particularly Jamaica.

    "Aks" is a very common form of "ask" deriving from the difficulty the early slaves had in distinguishing the combined sound of "sk".

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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    So is she trying to be like some cool black people who say it this way or is it simply so that it spread among the Londoners and now many people say that because everybody does among their peers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post

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    Re: Lauren Cooper

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    So is she trying to be like some cool black people who say it this way or is it simply so that it spread among the Londoners and now many people say that because everybody does among their peers?
    Probably the former.

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