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    This be me this be

    What does it mean by "This be me this be"?

    I found this expression in a local English newspaper published in Japan, where a Japanese sumo wrestler is pointing at his name in the rank table.

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    #2

    Re: This be me this be

    Something like "this is me."

    It also means don't look to sumo wrestlers as role models for proper English.

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    Re: This be me this be

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    What does it mean by "This be me this be"?

    I found this expression in a local English newspaper published in Japan, where a Japanese sumo wrestler is pointing at his name in the rank table.
    I agree with SoothingDave that it means "this is me". "This be me this be" is in a dialect of BrE from the west of England, mostly disappeared now.

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    Re: This be me this be

    The sentence is constructed to poke fun at the sumo wrestler, although not in a malicious way.

    I don't suppose sumo wrestlers are noted for their brains - hence, the round about way of referring to himself.

    English newspapers (especially the low brow ones) very often make use of puns and word play in order to convey wit and humour.

    It can also be used to convey the strangeness of a character. Does the following ring a bell:

    "Does it my precious..."?

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    Re: This be me this be

    Quote Originally Posted by magimagicE View Post
    It can also be used to convey the strangeness of a character. Does the following ring a bell:

    "Does it my precious..."?
    I understand this is a quotation from The Lord of the Rings, but I don't see a pun here... Where is it?

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    Re: This be me this be

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I understand this is a quotation from The Lord of the Rings, but I don't see a pun here... Where is it?
    There is none. An example of "puns and word play in order to convey wit and humour" doesn't require a pun, as long as the example comes under 'word play'.

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