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Old 06-03-2012, 02:27 PM   #31
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You do know the real name for Canada was Cnd. When asked to spell the name the answer was C"A"n"A" d"A".

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #32
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In the old Italian neighborhoods of southeast New York State, shut the light means - turn it off, open the light means - you guessed it, turn it on and spaghetti sauce is called gravy.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:37 PM   #33
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I always mash (push) the buttons on the radio, Pup Wud (pulp wood), Y0 be at yo mamma's house? The Confederate flag refereed to the "southern Cross" ! And the Navy term is always "THE SUN IS ABOVE THE YARDARM" (time for a drink).
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:25 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by dunnnc View Post
When mtnguy refers to 'cut it on', to midwesterners, that means 'turn it on'. Took us Missourians a while to understand the what cutting it on and cutting it off meant.

p.s. I love the different dialects that are spoken in all the places we've lived in the last 50+ yrs.
cutting off or on makes sense early electrical switches where "knife switches" still available to cut the power to batteries or as my canadien friends say batreees
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:37 PM   #35
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cutting off or on makes sense early electrical switches where "knife switches" still available to cut the power to batteries or as my canadien friends say batreees
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:11 PM   #36
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At least you guys all use words that are recognisable, even though they might be used in unusual circumstances.

In the part of England I come from the dialect actually includes lots of words that you wouldn't recognize. My maternal grandparents spoke Lancashire dialect and it varied within 5 miles, almost to a point where a person's place of residence could be pinpointed within that distance by how he spoke.

There was quite a significant input to the local dialect when a lot of Flemish weavers fled the religious persecution in what is now part of Belgium and settled in Lancashire because of the cotton industry.

A typical example is the past tense of "squeeze" which is "squozzen". Shoes are "shoon", eyes are "een". I remember my grandfather, a keen rose grower, saw that the horse drawing the coal merchants cart had deposited a pile in the street. He said "I'll go for t'shovel and pick that up for t'roses". While he was in the shed getting the shovel, a truck ran over the pile. Grandad's response was "Hell's bell's, he's squozzen all t'juice aht".

The old-fashioned second-person singular pronouns were used (thee, thou) along with the contemporary verb endings. Of course they were abbreviated, just to make comprehension by outsiders more difficult.

"Tha'art a reet muggins" means "you are clumsy". "Where dost tha think tha'rt going" translated as "where do you think you're going". "Dost" is an abreviation of "doest".

Regrettably, much of that is lost, as is the Cockney rhyming slang. That was a system where phrases were substitued for words, then the phrases we shortened. A typical one of those is "By heck, my plates are killing me. I've been up and dahn the apples all day". Translation is "My feet" (plates of meat) are hurting because I've been running up and down the stairs (apples and pears) all day".

The differences between different parts of the US are not really that difficult!
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:00 PM   #37
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Being from upstate new york, I asked a fellow worker while visiting a company office in North Carolina if he could do a certain task on the computer. He answered "I usta could". Somehow that made sense.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:19 PM   #38
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I'm from southeast WI so we always called them sodas.

I am from Iowa so I always call it soda, DW is from Florida and sometimes calls it coke. When we lived in Washington state she once tried to order an orange soda by ordering an orange coke. She got a coke with orange flavoring in it. Which wasn't half bad btw.
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In Maine the driveway is the door yard and you live in the pucker brush if theres not much around you.

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