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This is a southern slang phrase that translates into the saying “use to be able to”. This is a southern slang phrase that translates into the saying “use to be able to”. It's probably used mostly by those who live in the South. For example, if you wanted to say “I use to be able to play the piano” and you happened to be talking to someone who is from the South, you might want to say, “I use ta’could play the piano”. This slang term is formed by clipping, such as ta’ is similar to the clipping of you in the saying ya’ll. The forming of this slang phrase also involves excluding and replacing words that will allow for quicker pronunciation, which is the point of using this phrase. In this case, be able to, which is grammatically correct, is replaced with the not-so-grammatically-correct word could.
 
I just recently heard one of my friends from A.M., who was born and raised in Texas, use this supposedly common phrase in southern dialect. When I first heard it used, I didn’t even think she was speaking in English. I thought it was some foreign langua
Etymology : This slang term is formed by clipping, such as to to ta’ is similar to the clipping of you in the saying ya’ll. The forming of this slang phrase also involves excluding and replacing words that will allow for quicker pronunciation, which is the point of using this phrase at all. In this case, be able to, which is grammatically correct, is replaced with the not-so-grammatically-correct word could
Source : friend A.M.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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