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“You was trouble”?

In the movie "Thelma & Louise", Thelma says:

You said we was gonna have some fun, so let's have some!

So my question is why does she say "was" instead of "were"? Is it meant to indicate something like the woman is illiterate?
And what would people think of me if I talked like that?

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marked as duplicate by Will Hunting, MετάEd, kiamlaluno, tchrist, Mitch Sep 7 '12 at 17:00

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Related: “You was trouble”? – Matt E. Эллен Aug 28 '12 at 10:42
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Yes, the verb is deliberately conjugated wrong, to give the remark a backwoods tone or feel.

backwoods (adj): unsophisticated; uncouth

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I would say it was conjugated correctly for the dialect in which it occurs. – Barrie England Apr 6 '12 at 9:09
@BarrieEngland: Okay... interesting viewpoint. Correctness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. :^) – J.R. Apr 6 '12 at 9:21
No, it's in the mouth of the speaker! – Barrie England Apr 6 '12 at 9:47
Or the mind of the linguist. – Barrie England Apr 6 '12 at 10:07
"Backwoods" is a perfect evocation of the stereotype of poor, uncouth, rural, illiterate speech in American culture. Linguists talk about rather a different version of "Correctness". – John Lawler Apr 6 '12 at 14:22

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