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Eye dialect of 'cross'

Can anyone explain to me how an eye dialect of the word cross can be crost? Where does the 't' at the end come from in the pronounciation of the word? I have seen this mentioned here.
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Why do some people like use in' to symbolize ing?

In some movies or songs, "in'" is used instead of "ing". For example: "Searchin' high". The "Searchin'" is "Searching". Or "Lookin' for a place ...
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How to understand "No she bludgering well won't!"

"She's only Stunned," said Professor McGonagall impatiently, who had stooped down to examine Alecto. "She'll be perfectly all right." "No she bludgering well won't!" bellowed Amycus. "Not after ...
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Why do we add an apostrophe to "gon'"?

English is not my native language, and I keep trying every day to develop my skills in it but I saw a new word of gon' instead of gone. And I keep wondering: why do we add an apostrophe to it? ...
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"to fink meself lucky"

"I was selling in Diagon Alley an' she come up to me an' asks if I've got a licence for trading in magical artefacts. Bleedin' snoop. She was gonna fine me, but she took a fancy to the locket an' told ...
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What does "when gents as is flush" mean?

A zookeeper explaining how to approach animals: 'Ittin' of them over the 'ead with a pole is one way; scratchin' of their hears is another, when gents as is flush wants a bit of a show-orf to their ...
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What does "Scary-lookin' fing, inee" mean?

... Harry had never met a vampire, but he had seen pictures of them in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, and Black, with his waxy white skin, looked just like one. 'Scary-lookin' fing, ...
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What does 'Friend a mine got his oil checked with a horn dipstick and that was all she wrote." mean?

“Well, you’re goin a go where you look. Army didn’t get you?” The thunder sounded far to the east, moving from them in its red wreaths of light. “They can’t get no use out a me. Got some ...
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"Straight Outta"

"Straight outta Edmonton: Chilling video captures moment gunman dressed in Muslim robes opens fire on a teenager in broad daylight in a quiet north London cul-de-sac" (Daily Mail) Is straight outta ...
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Gonna, gotta, wanna and hafta

What are the origins of words like gonna, gotta, hafta and wanna. How do you use them in usual conversation? Where and how are these words used? Can we use them in writing?
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What does "cause" mean in many music lyrics?

I have seen the word "cause" in many music lyrics and usually is pronounced "kez". I curious what does this word mean? For example, here is a part of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood lyrics: Cause baby, ...
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"malefactors are depraved on accounta they’re deprived" - the meaning of "on accounta"

The romantic notion that all malefactors are depraved on accounta they’re deprived has worn thin among experts and laypeople alike. I found this sentence in a Steven Pinker's book (The Blank Slate)....
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What is the formal expression for ‘bin hurt’?

"Look there," said Hagrid, "see that stuff shinin' on the ground? Silvery stuff? That's unicorn blood. There's a unicorn in there bin hurt badly by summat. This is the second time in a ...
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