Could anyone explain to me what that means?
"The boy done good hates being reminded that he was wrong"
Thank you all.
I'm afraid it's the way it is. Could it be slang?
Well, the way I see it "the boy done good" is more or less a "noun", it refers to the person who is like that, "the one who is successful now"-that is he hates being reminded..... So there is no ellipsis but a strange, complex, refering to a complex reality noun.
I hadn't thought of it as omission of "who", simply as a direct quote from the cliché.In other words, you're reading it as "the boy who done good."
Omission of the relative pronoun "who" is essentially unheard of in modern American English, I think.
I have seen it in older poetry, e.g. "'Tis thou maun bring her hame."