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No need ta be so formal. Yer makin’ my neck itchy. Talk normal, got it? (Source)

I have no idea what does "Yer makin’ my neck itchy." mean. I guess the phrase has some figurative meaning.

  • ta = to; Yer = you are; makin' = making. You are causing me to feel some discomfort (itchiness). The spelling is an attempt to present the speaker's pronunciation. "talk normal" is substandard for "speak normally". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 21 '17 at 11:46
  • Yeah. That said, I don't know why hearing "formal" talk would make one's neck itch. – Mr Lister Oct 21 '17 at 15:32
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Possible reason: Until about 100 years ago, well-dressed men wore starched collars, at least in formal situations. These were very stiff and scratchy. Even now, when I'm wearing a tie with my ordinary modern business shirt, my neck gets itchy. (I don't usually wear a tie.)

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    +1 A starched collar was the first thing that came to mind when I read it. A related phrase is "starched shirt" - for example, from an editorial review of a Mark Twain book: "Sidestepping the starched-shirt diction of his peers, he created an idiom that resembled (but did not precisely duplicate) the wayward, slangy, ungrammatical music of American conversation." – ColleenV Oct 24 '17 at 12:25
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I think it simply means, "You're making me feel uncomfortable."

It's not an established idiom, though; I'd guess it's a creative expression coined by the author. I could only find two instances of it on the Internet (the original story, and this ELL question). Moreover, when I tried to use a more formal form ("you're making my neck itchy"), Google said:

No results found for "you're making my neck itchy".

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He's just saying it very informally, but what he's trying to convey is that he feels uncomfortable because the person whom he is speaking to is speaking formally.

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