"Where you at?"

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WOW! I hear this all the time. My mother-in-law would have said, "between the 'a' and the 't'" and laughed. What has happened to folks simply using correct grammar and saying, "where are you?"
 

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WOW! I hear this all the time. My mother-in-law would have said, "between the 'a' and the 't'" and laughed. What has happened to folks simply using correct grammar and saying, "where are you?"

People often use such phrases, knowing that they are ungrammatical. I think it's simply a playful usage.
 
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I think it's like no can do- people say it's wrong, knowing it's wrong, for the pleasure of saying something wrong.
 
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Frankly, I really don't believe that many of the folks that I hear using this phrase are even remotely aware that it is incorrect grammar usage.
 
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