Originally Posted by Major Tom
Interesting braumeister. I had assumed this usage was an American colloquialism, but it seems that it goes back to the mother country.
Oops! Sorry, there I go confusing people unnecessarily again. You're probably thinking of the English Midlands, but that reference was to the American "South Midland" dialect region. Basically, it extends from eastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas on the west, over to West Virginia on the east.
That conforms to the wikipedia article you cited, but my point is that it was also considered perfectly normal English in Brooklyn when I was growing up in the 1950s.