"Made I larf" phrase origin
Thread poster: Boru

Boru
Czech to English
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Aug 3, 2014

I was wondering if someone could shed some light into the origin of the phrase "made I larf". Any kind of info would be appreciated.

 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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One small insight Aug 3, 2014

The only small insight I can offer is that the West Country dialect in England does not distinguish between subject and object pronouns and so uses "I" with the meaning of both "I" and "me". Perhaps this points to a West Country origin.

 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:51
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French to English
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West of England dialect Aug 3, 2014

I agree with Tim. I live in West Cornwall and "It made I larf" sounds like traditional "Cornish" speak in which subject and object pronouns are often transposed, e.g. "I seen she walking out with one of they 'ippies" instead of "I saw her walking out with one of those hippies".
I'm not sure how much this form is still used today but it might point to a west of England origin for your phrase. It made I think.
Jenny


 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:51
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French to English
Ever heard of the Wurzels? Aug 3, 2014

The Wurzels are a British West Country band, and had some hits in the 1970s with comedy songs based on farming and cider drinking. Their best-known hit was probably "Combine Harvester", which contains the phrase "She made I laugh" sung in a broad West Country accent.

That's probably the best-known occurrence of the phrase in popular culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9rQmyAxS3U


 

Boru
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Thanks for your answers Aug 3, 2014

Thank you! You've all been very helpful.

 

Richard Purdom  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Where did the source come from? Aug 5, 2014

I'm from Suffolk and know people who routinely switch form 'I goes and 'he go'.
But 'larf' is more cockney, I've never heard the two together... maybe it's 'estuary yokel'!

[Edited at 2014-08-05 13:19 GMT]


 

Hannah Keet  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Definite West Country term Aug 6, 2014

I'm from Devon, I've definitely heard some of the older locals using phrases like thaticon_smile.gif

I can also imagine the Cornish comedian Jethro saying something like that.


 


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