An' I wouldn' <say no teh> a bit o' yer birthday cake

Soob

Senior Member
I've got a relatively easy question, but I'm not sure about it.
I'm reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Hagrid speaks in kind-of-slang language and I can't understand one sentence.

"An' I wouldn' say no teh a bit o' yer birthday cake, neither"

I know yer is another spelling of "you" or "your" (depends on context), but I can't figure out the word "teh". Wiki Dictionary says that teh means "the", but sentence wouldn't make any sense then.

Could anyone rephrase this sentence into proper English?

To me it would go: "And I wouldn't say [teh] a bit of your birthday cake, either"
 
  • atokad

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "teh" = "to" in this case. "And I wouldn't say no to a bit of your birthday cake, either."
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    In this sentence, 'teh' represents a dialectical pronunciation of 'to'.

    In standard English, the sentence would be:

    "And I wouldn't say 'no' to a bit of your birthday cake, either"


    (The Wiki article is about the common typing error of writing 'teh' for 'the', a mistake I made in typing this post as well, though I corrected it.)

    Double cross-posted.
    :D
     
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