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Hi,
I didn't know where to ask, but since there's not much traffic in the linguistic section, I'll ask here although it's not really "general grammar". Who uses the verb to be like in I says, and where? I saw it one, two, three times, not I have to ask. Either all characters in King's stories are nuts, or King is nuts, or someone says it, possibly in Maine or somewhere in New England.

"He puked in my slipper," I says.

Thanks. Emotion: smile
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Sure, I used to hear it growing up in NE, but among "uneducated" people, so to speak.

I think it comes from "Oh yeah! ? - Who says?" or "Says who?", often written as, "Sez who?" to indicate that's an example of "improper" grammar. (reply) "Sez me!"

"I sez to myself, sez I, - " or "I says to myself, says I." (a common expression)
Don't use it if you're trying to impress someone.
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Ah, thanks. Then it's found, or at least it was found in the past, in New England (and King is from Maine, I think).
If anyone else has an opinion or knows more about "I says", of course I won't dismiss their reply. Emotion: smile
Yes, King in from Maine, and although I lived there for 15 years, never once did I hear anyone ever say that except in jest. Perhaps it is said up in Bangor more than in Freeport.

He does tend to write his characters' speech very colloquially.

"So 'Blah blah blah,' Jim says, but I couldn't let that go, so 'Blah blah blah,' I says, and his eyes get all big and his face gets all red, and I'm thinking' we're really in for sumptin' now," recounted Pelletier.
I'm not sure I've ever heard "I says/says I" outside a spoken (or transcribed) narrative. "Says I" is now I think mostly literary.

Cf. "I goes", which in BrE is similarly used (though not "goes I").

MrP
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I see thanks. Yeah, it doesn't seem common at all to me, at least in mainstream English.
Agreed, Kooyeen and Mr. Pedantic. "Common" was a bad choice of words. It was common among my circle - in my town, growing up - my family, etc., and may have had a limited range and life. It was a stock reply in certain types of situations. Sometimes those things caught on nationally and sometimes not. I'm not sure of the genesis - probably vaudeville.

I do think it's fair to say that "says I" had a wider use in improvises narratives - the retelling of stories, etc.

Best wishes, - A.
Just out of curiousity, what part of New England did you live in?
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