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About the phrase "I'm gonna lick me a rainbow." I watched Shrek Forever After, 2010 movie. There is a scene where Shrek is carrying a cake on which a rainbow and an ogre face were painted at Shrek's kids' party. Then, Donkey shows up and says, "I'm gonna lick me a rainbow." before he licks the cake. Why is 'me' added before a rainbow? It doesn't sound natural. And I found out there is goods with the phrase printed on it, such as T-shirts and mugs. That's why I was more curious.
Nov 10, 2016 3:45 AM
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You are right. In the sentence, "I'm gonna lick me a rainbow", the 'me' should not be there. However, you will often hear people add the 'me' because it sounds cute and funny. It emphasizes that you're doing something in a playful way. Examples: I'm gonna get me some cookies. --> I am going to get some cookies. I'm gonna buy me a new car. --> I am going to buy (myself) a new car. OVERALL: The 'me' is wrong grammatically but common in spoken English as a joke.
November 10, 2016
Some people think it sounds funny to use bad grammar. It's a poor attempt at humor.
November 10, 2016
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