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Question My undivided abbreviations

Discussion in 'Check In' started by MichaelD, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. MichaelD

    MichaelD Townie

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    I'm an Australian fan of Buffy and Angel.
    When I said 'my total bad' long ago my father said I shouldn't speak American.
    I thought I was actually speaking Joss Whedon.

    So my question:
    did Joss coin 'my undivided' for 'my undivided attention', or is it used elsewhere?
    How about my bad?

    Cheers,
    MichaelD.
     
  2. GwenRaiden

    GwenRaiden AKA Apology Girl

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    Black Thorn
    I don't think he coined it, no. It's mostly Valspeak, which you can hear in lots of other shows, movies and even songs prior to BtVS. I think he purposely chose "Sunnydale" to be the generic Californian town so he could feature such things, though. Then he sort of spinned his own young-person-lack-the-vocab thing into it and added "-ey" at the end of every word.
     
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    Carrie Hopewell Scooby

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    Sineya
    Hi! Welcome to the boards! You can speak "American" as much as you want here ;)
     
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    Black Thorn
    Undivided is one of the most common phrases in the vernacular. "I need your undivided" is often used; has nothing to do with Whedon creating the phrase.
     
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    Sineya
    This is sort of like when Buffy asks Dawn, "Are you coming with?"

    BTW @MichaelD, welcome to the forum! As fan forums go, this one is quite civilized.
     
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    Too bad Buffy didn't ask that at the end of S5 and Dawn be like "sure" and Buffy be like "psyche!" and throw her off the bridge and everyone lives happily ever after.
     
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    Welcome to the boards! :)
     
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    Sineya
    That sort of speech is creeping in everywhere.......Too much American TV I think ;) But I don't think Joss/Buffy can be blamed for most of it :)

    Welcome to the Boards :)
     
  9. HowiMetdaSlayer

    HowiMetdaSlayer Occasionally, I am callous and strange.

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    Hola. Welcome. As far as yer question:
     
  10. MichaelD

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    Cheers, and thanks all around.
    Particularly to Mr Pole and GwenRaiden.
    The Australian way (speaking Strayan, or Strine) is to establish contractions for many words, and then slur them together.
    Quickly.
    We don't completely omit words so much, but even native English speakers can take a while to understand.
    You are right, Carrie, this forum is indeed "American" English. ;-)
    US English can be divided by accent and dialect. African-American is quite distinct, for example.
     
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    G'day fellow Aussie (Man, we have a small uprising happening)

    Welcome to the Buffy Boards!

    Ah yes, the Staya way of speaking. Missing out as many consonants as you can but yet the word still being acceptable. Then if you actually do pronounce all the letters in the word properly you get accused of being English.

    Anyways, enjoy your time here :)
     
  12. Geobubbles

    Geobubbles Can I play with the puppy?

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    Haha you accused me of being English the other day :p guess I'm just not a good Aussie haha
     
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    I did! You speak so posh and pronounce everything perfectly. Not like me and my drawl.
     
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    Black Thorn
    Hello and welcome to the boards :)

    I totally speak Valley as often as physically possible. Which is not sporadically. ;)