Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Northern NE Regionalisms

I still hear people say "cafeterier" and "ideer," but it is usually people of my own age. The r sound usually only comes in after a long e or leading into a vowel in the next word these days. You can still hear "Florider" and "Honder" even now, but it's rarer. Today I overheard "encyclopedier."

Surprise of the day was minutes later to hear someone say "I'm glad you're not related to him. He was a dink." I haven't heard that in years. In northern New England and the Maritimes it was somewhat equivalent to the more national "dick," meaning both penis and jerk.

Maybe I should mark the calendah.

Speakin' a' calendahs, theyahs one you can send to vets that right smaht. Tries to look like them pin-up calendahs they use t' have durin' WWII. Tax deductible and all. It puts me in mind of when Eb Jenkins ordahd one a them fuh coats from the Seahs Catalogue yeahs ago. He was considable disappointed when the young woman didn't arrive with it. (HT: Iowahawk)


Ben Wyman said...

what dialect is it when they put an "r" in words like "wash?" As in "Worshington D. C." I hear that from time to time down here.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

"Warsh" is tough to run down. It seems to be prevelant in several areas that wouldn't seem to be related. Baltimore, East Texas, Wisconsin. It may be independently derived in each.

If I had to guess, though, I would guess Appalachian, spreading out from there. That would suggest some Scots-Irish connection. The problem is, I don't think it's universal in Appalachia.