Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by Outdoor Dauber, Mar 13, 2019 at 9:12 PM.
" I wonder if the Queen ever uses the phrase “wicked pissah.” "
I rather suspect that expression is not in Her Majesty's vocabulary, highlander
Its hard to say I grew up in FL where everyone says what ever they say.
Just yesterday I'm down cellar at home, clicker in hand. Well, there's nothing on the tube so I figure I'll go out to get a spuckie and a tonic. Or maybe a frappe. I dunno. O'Ryan's is this place down the rotary that's wicked. It's across from the packie. Wrapped in paper with an elastic, full of goodness.
Well, I get on the road and but it's like mud season, you know with the frost heaves, or fall with the leaf peepers. They have traffic all bound up the rotary. So I figure I'll avoid the mess, I bang a uey - no blinkah 'cause I'm pretty hungry at this point. I just want my grinder and maybe a creemee. With jimmies.
I finally get to O'Ryans and this kid says "We're out of spuckies."
"No suh?!!?", I say.
"How about scrod?", the kid says.
"Nah," I say, "I couldn't care less about ya scrod. I'm just gonna head to Dunks for a regular. It's too muggy for a spuckie anyways."
Fishinanhuntin is one word ain't it ? Round here.....harass/herass is 2 words
THAT was just added to my favorite quotes Mike.
You don’t sposed to say ‘herass’ in public.
Do you also use your directional instead of your blinker? I've spent a little time in Racine so I know what you are talking about.
I'd forgotten about directionals!
Oh, and Badgers are Badgers because of the mining around the SE part of the state. Folks dug into the ground. I believe some folks lived in homes they dug into hills, etc. Hence, badgers. Not too many actual badger critters in this state.
Dad would head "down the road a-piece". He once told me that so many of the phrases we used in NE Wisconsin were from German settlers, or the Belgium folks, the Poles, etc. Why my great granddad settled in Marinette County instead of the Madison area like his relatives, I will never know... That's why I know so little about my Norwegian heritage - we were about the only ones there. Most folks were French, German, etc...
When I lived in Iron Mtn, MI folks would ask "where'd ya go hunt'n?". It was assumed that, of course! you went hunting...
I was born in Arkansas, but got most of my formal education in Independence, MO (thank goodness). I rather enjoyed a lack of accent and proper English. I will never forget my elementary school principal, Dr. Shine, looking over her half rimmed glasses, earrings swinging as she tilted her head forward and stating "I mean what I say, and I say what I mean." That is a phrase that has always stuck with me. And yes, I did enjoy diagramming sentences in English class.
That said, my mom grew up in the same town where I have lived the past 40 years. It was fondly referred to as a "hick" town, which is not to be confused with a "redneck" town. My dad, on the other hand grew up as redneck/white trash. I have seen pictures of him as a child wearing leather shoes/boots that were several sizes too large and with bailing wire holding the soles on. In the picture, he is holding a rope that is an improvised wagon handle/tongue, which is attached to a 2x4 with wheels on either end that is in place of the missing wagon axle. From this heritage, I have heard much of the southern language already mentioned. Here are a few I haven't seen listed yet:
Turtle hull - car trunk
Foot feet - gas pedal in the car
"meer" - as in - "You got somethin' in your teeth. Go look in the meer and get it out."
"seer'- uhl" -as in- "If you don't want eggs for breakfast, you can fix yurself a bowl of seeruhl."
Stumble-bum - klutz or clumsy (still need therapy over that one as a kid)
Foot tub - small washtub often used as a container to pick produce
gunny sack/tow sack - burlap sack capable of holding 50 or 100 lbs of potatoes
"headed"= going - "I'm headed to the shop."
In Missouri I learned that the 3 meals of the day are Breakfast, lunch and dinner. My mom still questions where in the world I learned that the evening meal is dinner, as "everyone knows" the evening meal is called "supper".
You also eat sammiches, I bet.
Yeah, so...what's wrong with that??
In Michigan, we say pop and tennis shoes. We also got some unique words and phrases.
-Sliding glass door = door wall
-A dirt trail in the backwoods = two track
-The Mackinac (pronounced mak-in-aw) bridge connecting the Upper amd Lower Penninsulas = The Bridge
-The Upper Penninsula = the U.P.
-The northrn Lower Penninsula = the Upper Lower or Up North
-Someone who lives in the Lower Penninsula (south or "under" the Bridge) = Troll
-Someone vacationing Up North = Fudgie (because they often buy Mackinac Island fudge)
-Liquor/convienience store = Party Store (as mentioned)
-A chili dog = a Coney or Coney dog, sold at a Coney Island resteraunt. Coney sauce is not normal chilli. I am told that in NYC these dogs are labeled Michigan Dogs.
-The smaller penninsula on the east of the Lower Penninsula = The Thumb
Also, in Michigan we make words possesives. For example, you don't work at Ford Motor Company, you work at Ford's. You don't shop at Meijer, you buy groceries at Meijer's. This extends even to brands not named after a person such as Wal-Mart's or K-Mart's.
What about "Uff da" ?
This must be a "Midwestern" thing cause Pittsburghers do it to.
Also, not something we say, but something we do. If you ask someone from Michigan where they live, they'll hold up their hand and point to it as if it's a map (because for us, it is.)
Central Arkansas, you don't take your car to the garage, you carry your car to the garage. You carried your mother to the store. You stopped at a dairy bar and got an ice cream cone. That's all for now.
You can always tell a local around here.Growing up there was a fellow named Burr Weaver. Whenever someone is cold and says brrrr! Someone always responds with Weaver. He has been dead for 30 years and I still hear kids saying it.
In Ga, I forget things. My FIL, from PA, would disremember them. He also laughed when I said, 'I am fixin to do that.'
In Utah, they say used-to-could, and also might could. (I was in graduate school before I knew that this was not standard English)
A crick is most definitely a crick. (My mother once corrected me for pronouncing it as it's spelled)
"oo" is "u" in root (rhymes with foot, not boot) and roof
People used to tend to pronounce "o" as "a" in words like horse (harse) but I don't think you hear that as much anymore.
Ruff is the dog, not the thing over your house. That's a roo-f around these parts.
Same here and a love seat if it only had two cushions
I remember my cousin visiting and I got all excited when she said we must be going to the movies. Then she said because you’re picking your seat. I guess I must have been picking my seat. Just a few months before we all went to the drive in and saw Big Jake. I was jumping at a chance to see another movie like that.
My family refers to them as turn signals or blinkers, but directional is very common here.
I've heard about the German/Polish/Scandinavian settlers being the origin of many of our sayings/accents in Wisconsin. Such as the the "d" in place of "t"'s in many words ("dat", "dis", "dere"), the aforementioned "Uffda", and adding "Once" to the end of requests to make them polite ( Such as "Come here, once").
Yup, rig is still purdy common, but there is a dwindling rural population that call their rig their "outfit" here in SW Idaho.
Jockey box has always caused plenty of confusion.
And of course "load up", said with the right tone everyone's happy, said with the wrong tone as I throw a ruined rear tire in the back of the outfit means I'm buying everyone (including the dogs) DQ on the way home. Otherwise, the dogs won't talk to me and the wife won't stop talkin at me.
Yeah over yander or fer piece was my next post. Also something to hold up the fence.
Tennis shoes = sneakers. How many states call em sneakers?
I had a girl friend that lived in cabell county. She lived up Bear Wallor Hollor.
Longest one-syllable word in Appalachia: Geeonoutahere. Meaning "get on out of here", often said when Grandpa is coming through the front door and there's dogs all over the porch. Usually followed by "Git!! Git, now!!"
You sure you're from the East Side? You oughta be shopping at Kroger's.
Living in PA, I've always been amazed at the vastly different dialects between Shamokin (Nothumberland Co.), Schuylkill Co., Lebanon (Lep'non) Co., York County, and the Amish in Lancaster and Dauphin Counties, despite these all being within a couple hours drive of each other. I'm not kidding when I say it can be hard to understand someone with a strong dialect in a neighboring county.
A toboggan can be worn on your head if you crash it hard enough.
I have one of each.
a few off the top of my head
"jockey box" = glove box
"pasty" = meat pie, originated in Butte w/ miners
"plumb"- perfect, this is plumb good!
"speed goat" = pronghorn antelope
"tap 'er light" = take it easy
"flat" = cutthroat trout
The highest point on a topic map is a knob. Not to be confused with something used to open a door.
Off topic but my favoite saying is
I had a girl friend like that once. There is not one place that comment will not fit in as a reply to a comment. Try it.
My next favorite comment is
Reeemarkkkkable use it if someone is telling you a big yarn.
If I lived a bit further north, I would inform you that's a toque, best worn with your choppers when you go tobogganing.
Just one? Slacker!
There's a good one...choppers. I use that term for mittens with individual finger holes inside. Usually made of leather.
Don’t eat hoagies, eat subs (submarine sandwich) love Taylor ham/ pork roll, drink soda, use rubberbands, have roads with jug handles, drive “down the shore” to go “up to the beach” will try and think of more!
Here in WV:
M R duks!
No m 8!
S A R! C M Wangs?
L I B, M R duks!
Those are ducks. ('em are ducks)
No, they arent. (No 'em ain't)
Yes they are. Do you see those wings? (See 'em wings?)
We'll I'll be, those are ducks.
Yes one wooden sled with no runners,and other than the one toboggan the rest of my head gear are stocking caps and ball caps even though none have anything to do with sports
One college roommate from PA called a wolf a woof, another from East TN, asked if I wanted to "go get a dope and a moonpie". I lived in East TN for seven years, and worked part time at a convenience store, seeing the same customers daily. Instead of hi, or hello, we used the shortened version of "what do you say" to just "say". Simple and to the point like many males prefer, ok trouble expected ....
O no M R N O T Duks
M R Puppies
C M tails wagg’n
Much of my wife's family is from West Virginia even though she grew up here in Florida. Shortly after I met her, she described her sister as living back in a "holler" near Charleston. I figured out what she meant in context, but I think that was the first time I'd heard the term. I eventually explained that where I grew up in California, we didn't have such a thing. The closest term I could think of was what we'd call a canyon.
I KNEW IT!
Do you have coulees in California?
I don't remember that word being used in the area where I grew up, but it might be used in northern California. It seemed like a lot of the geographical terms were influenced by the Spanish.
EDIT: I do remember ravine being used.
I have another one. Do y'all wear a button up shirt or a button down shirt?
I work with several folks from PA, and the first time I'd ever heard the term button-down shirt was from one of them.
Any good actor/ performer can do many accents. Back when newscasters 'just talked like they do', I read somewhere that the most successful early television news people were from the Midwest USA, because their native accent was fairly neutral, compared to some of the extremes.
Pretty much anyone not from Maine.