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among(st) prep Also aphet ’mongs(t), ’mung

In var combs with personal pronouns:
you (or ye) . . among you (or ye): All or some of you. [EDD mongs prep. “Suf[folk]. Only in phr. you (ye) mongshe(e or munchies, you, all of you”; cf std among(st) by the joint action of]
1845 Hooper Advent. Simon Suggs 183 AL, Did ye ever hear, ’mongst ye, of the snake at John Green’s? 1892 KS Univ. Qrly. 1.195, Among: all of, as, Where are you going among you?
among(st) you (or ye, you-uns), rarely amongst them, functioning as a pronoun: You, all or some of you; they, people generally. chiefly Delmarva old-fash
1872 Scribner’s Mth. 3.522 eMD, “Won’t ’mung ye come to see me!” is a somewhat querulous renewal of an invitation. 1890 AN&Q 5.8, I am told that in some parts of Maryland amongst is used for all, as in this example: “Amongst you going to town?” meaning, “Are all of you going to town?” 1891 Ligonier Leader (IN) [5 Nov 2]/6 (newspaperarchive.com) sDE, “ ’Mongst you’uns come to see us” is a comprehensive and particular form of invitation common in Sussex County, Del. It means “Any or all of you come to see us.” 1915 Speck Nanticoke Comm. DE 43, “ ’Mongst you” (amongst you) is used almost every time simply “you” as the subject of a verb is intended, as “ ’Mongst you all done?” . . “ ’Mongs’ you comin’?” . . “ ’Mongs’ you got a dog [dɔ·g]?” 1918 DN 5.20 neNC, “Amongst ye come to see us,” before you come to see us. Currituck County. [DARE Ed: The gloss is appar erroneous.] 1937 Turpin These Low Grounds 162 eMD [Black], “Ah’m from up to Herdford way . . ,” began Jake, adopting the twangy drawl of the Shoreman. “An’ . . yo’ sister what lives to Herdford told me to stop by an’ give ’mongst-you her regards.” 1938 FWP Guide Delaware 356 swDE, This western side of the county [=Sussex County] has variations all its own. If a man asks another “Mung-ye comin’ to church?” he means “Are you and your family coming to church?” In the singular sense the expression may be: “Mung-ye go fodder them mules”; that means “Somebody out of a group” go do it. 1949 Kurath Word Geog. 67, All these [plural] forms have a possessive case: you’ns’s, you-all’s, mongst-ye’s. . . The form mongst-ye is common in the folk speech of the central part of Delamarvia, and rare instances are found from the mouth of Chesapeake Bay to Albemarle Sound. 1952 DE Folkl. Bulletin 1.10, ’Mongst you get down to my place in the mornin’ and . . gimme m’ ten dollars. . . He knows me but he don’t know ’mongst you. 1954 Sun (Baltimore MD) 11 Nov 20/7 eMD, [“Down the Spillway” column:] He knew it [=the term mung you] well and contributed a variation “Mung ’em.” His example was: “Mung ’em says taxes are going up next year.” 2005 Washington Post (DC) 19 Feb (Internet) sDE, This older fella looked at me and [said], ‘Are among-ye going to stay for supper?’ . . I had a moment there, a twinge of almost sadness, because I hadn’t heard that in 20 years.
amongst them (or amongst ye), as the last member in a list of people: The rest of them (or you). esp NEng ?obs Cf amongst hands pron phr, and them conj phr
1887 (1895) Robinson Uncle Lisha 155 wVT, The’ was Benham an’ ’mongst ’em uster git as high as three hundred mushrat apiece, most every spring. 1889 Riley Pipes o’ Pan 154 IN, And that day Ezry’s woman and amongst ’em was a-gittin’ up a big dinner to fetch down to us from the house. 1889 Robinson Sam Lovel’s Camps 239 VT, Jozeff, ’f you ’n’ Solon ’n’ ’mongst ye’ll go ’long wi’ the team ’n’ leave my duds tu your haouses, I’ll put for hum the nighest way. 1913 DN 4.54 seNH, ’Mongst ’em. . . Others; the rest; et cetera. “Who was there?” “Oh, Mis Brown, an’ Mis Jones, an’ ’mongst ’em.”

 

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