So, I’m watching Cops a lot these days, 'cause it seems to be on a lot between 7:00 and 8:00 when nothing else interests me.
In every single episode, from every part of the country, cops will end every question beginning with the word “where” with the word “at.”
Where’s your ID at?
Where do you live at?
Where’s your gun at?
Where’s your wife at?
Is this a regional thing? I would guess not, since it seems to follow from episode to episode. Is this police jargon of some kind? Is this a USA thing I’ve never really picked up on before?
Written American English doesn’t contain this idiosyncrasy. So, where does it come from? It’s jarring to my ears.