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Hi.
I don't understand very well this idiom I have found.
I know the meaning is that by desesperation they threw themselves by the windows of Wall Street, but I don't see it so clear:
'My brother was born the year the stock market crashed and all the rich white men started JUMPING OUT OF THEM Wall Street windows'

Thanks in advance, Jo.
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He was born in the year the Great Depression came.

Wall Street is the home of many financial institutions of the USA.
Hi,

I don't understand very well this idiom I have found.
I know the meaning is that by desperation they threw themselves out of the windows of Wall Street, but I don't see it so clear:
'My brother was born the year the stock market crashed and all the rich white men started JUMPING OUT OF THEM Wall Street windows'


A common grammatical error by some native speakers is to say 'them' instead of 'those', eg 'them cars' instead of 'those cars'.

Thus, the phrase is really '. . . the year . . . all the rich white men started jumping out of those Wall Street windows'.

It's not really an idiom here, because it describes what actually happened.

Best wishes, Clive
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This isn't an idiom, just an expresion.

And btw: it's desperation


started JUMPING OUT OF THE Wall Street windows

THEM in this context is African-American speech/dialect, also used in South, I think; it seems that the author is an African-American.
African-American? No, no, no. People of all colors and ethnicities can be heard saying them for those by mistake. It used to be quite common among rural people in the U.S., possibly because they had little or no access to education.

CJ
CJ - I would guess that Marius thought the author of the original quote was African-American (personally I would say Black) not only because he said "them" instead of "those" but because he refered to "rich white men."
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Ah, yes! Now I get the connection.
By the way, I've been told that Black is now passé, and African-American is the more accepted form.

CJ
By the way, as a history lesson and not an English lesson, no one really did jump out the windows. It was just a rumor.
KhoffCJ - I would guess that Marius thought the author of the original quote was African-American (personally I would say Black) not only because he said "them" instead of "those" but because he refered to "rich white men."
Well, in fact I used both in my guess. Somehow, just from what I read on the Web, I have the feeling the urban black people are still sticking to "them" more than the rural folks in general.
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