I found a strange usage of word ME reading one book and I wonder what the author means. I thought this could be a misspelling of word MY but it happens alot. Or is it a special addition to show that the person doesn't know the language well?

he's right 'cause me mum and me sister both goes off the next day

the cobblestones all hard against me knees and cold against me face

it's way too big for me and me clothes is way too small for her

"Oi'm not yet done with me toilet."

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    The person knows his language very well... there are plenty of English dialects that use me instead of my. That includes pirates
    – oerkelens
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 12:27
  • @oerkelens this is a nice comment, better be put as an answer.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 12:42
  • I will leave the comment for what it is - An answer should have more (reliable) sources, and I am not able to provide these at this moment :)
    – oerkelens
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 13:07
  • You should tell us what book you found this in. Here's why.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 17:49

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This would be an "British" dialect usage (Or Irish) and would not be proper English. It would be very common in parts of England and Ireland to hear a native speaker say

Me Mum

The formal way to say it would be "My Mother" or My mom.

  • I think it's more the way the word 'my' is pronounced, rather than use of the actual word 'me' . . also, it's only 'mom' in AmE. In BrE it's formally 'mum' or in some dialects, 'mam'
    – peterG
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 16:28

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