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    Smile People didn't think nothing about saying stuff around us

    Hello. Could you please tell me what the underlined part means in the context below?
    Could it mean, "Even at fourteen, people thought we were still young that they tried not to say anything important around us."?
    Thank you.

    (The speaker was at the reception after the funeral.)
    from A Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba----
    There wasn't much for Piran and me to do except stand around and listen to gossip.
    Even at fourteen, we were still young enough, I guess,
    that people didn't think nothing about saying stuff around us.
    Unfortunately, I ended up next to the old biddies-three miners' wives who liked to get everybody in trouble.

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    Re: People didn't think nothing about saying stuff around us

    They thought they were too young to understand or to matter, so they did not feel the need to speak carefully around them. People spoke openly.

    The grammar used is not standard but reflects the way the character speaks.
    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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