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Thread #53292   Message #1614667
Posted By: Azizi
27-Nov-05 - 10:04 AM
Thread Name: Kemo Kimo info
Subject: RE: Kemo Kimo info
I wondering if any researchers have considered the fact that 'ki'me oh" is a shortened {Black vernacular] way of saying "kiss me, oh".

There once was a time when researchers believed that African languages had no impact whatsoever on American English.

Now that that view has been discredited [with regard to vocabulary and grammatic use etc], I'm wondering if any researchers have considered the possibility that "Kemo, kimo" and "kemo, kimo, karo" may have been folk etymology due to faulty memory by enslaved African Americans of some West African or Central African language or languages.

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