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    you scary

    American movie - Django Unchained

    a black bulter who keeps grilling a black maid 'You know Django, why are you lying to me', etc.

    The maid is tearing, and denies that she knows Django who is her husband.

    The butler questions 'Why are you crying'?

    The maid says 'You scary'.

    (I don't transcribe their dialogue word by word.)


    Is 'you scary' colloquial or it just indicates the maid and slave is less educated? I think it is 'you're scary'.
    Please correct my writing if there's any grammatical solecism.

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    Re: you scary

    It is colloquial and the terseness indicates being frightened.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-May-2020 at 10:51. Reason: fixing typo
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: you scary

    "You scary" is AAVE, i.e. African-American vernacular English. You could call that a dialect of English, but UE seems to prefer the term variety to dialect.

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    Re: you scary

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    American movie Source: Django Unchained, 2012

    A black butler who keeps grilling a black maid, saying things like 'You know Django. Why are you lying to me?' , etc.

    The maid is tearing crying, and denies that she knows Django, who is her husband.

    The butler questions asks her 'Why are you crying?'

    The maid says 'You scary'.

    (I don't haven't transcribed their dialogue word by for word.)

    Is 'You scary' colloquial or does it just indicates indicate the maid and slave is less educated? I think it is should be 'You're scary'.
    Please note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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