It was in Crash Course US history. It is at 3 minute and 26 second. Here it goes:

Interestingly King James hated smoking. He called it "a custom loathsome to the eye and hateful to the nose", but he loved him some tax revenue, and nothing sells like drugs.

It is understandable from the context that King James wanted to have more money, but is it grammatical to use the verb love this way?


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to love someone something is basically Southern American English.

it means: to like or would like to have.

It's usually with would: I've love me some hot dogs. [I'd love to have or get some hotdogs]

Technical explanation: non-argument datives

These are a feature of Southern American and Appalachian speech

Here are some I have made up:

I'm gonna marry me a pretty gal.

He's gonna get him a shotgun.

From the same paper cited above,here is a list of famous songs using this form:

b. I’m gonna grab/catch me a freight train. (various songs)

c. When I was a young girl, I had me a cowboy

(John Prine, “Angel From Montgomery”)

d. I had me a man in summertime/He had summer-colored skin

(Joni Mitchell, “Urge for Going”) e. Now the Union Central’s pulling out and the orchids are in bloom,

I’ve only got me one shirt left and it smells of stale perfume. (Bob Dylan, “Up to Me”)

[[Joke: Not for nothin' did they give ol' Dylan the Nobel Priize.]]

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    This answer doesn't acknowledge the facetious and jocular nature of the quoted line. Or are you saying the speaker is mocking Southern American English?
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 16:15
  • I did not address that. For me, the grammar was important, rather than the style. Shall we just leave it at that?
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 17:05

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