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    "What a turn them bandages gave me"

    Hello! Look at the replica in green. Just in case, she's speaking of a man in bandages.
    It's strange style. I don't get this sentence at all. Can you help me?


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    Re: "What a turn them bandages gave me"

    "What a turn" is old-fashioned AmE. Picture someone from Little House on the Prairie saying that line. It means that it startled or frightened the speaker. Likewise, "them" bandages is incorrect grammar, but it's an example of how rural folks spoke.

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    Re: "What a turn them bandages gave me"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    "What a turn" is old-fashioned AmE. Picture someone from Little House on the Prairie saying that line. It means that it startled or frightened the speaker. Likewise, "them" bandages is incorrect grammar, but it's an example of how rural folks spoke.
    Thanks.
    Would be correct if we replace them with those?
    What a turn those bandages gave me

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    Re: "What a turn them bandages gave me"

    Yes.

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    Re: "What a turn them bandages gave me"

    "Turn" used as noun is an old fashioned description for becoming ill, shocked, frightened, faint. It denotes changing condition and is currently used for weather and other situations - "The weather has taken a turn for the worst"

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