Folk Awareness oif Dialect

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Dec 4 20:20:21 UTC 2000

In SE Ohio we also have a LANG-kist-er (a real shibboleth, and my street
name as well, so that long distance phone operators are always correcting
me to LAN-cast-er).  "Red up" is also used here, as is 'pop'.  "Where's it
at" and bag/sack variation are also common.  "Awhile" without a prep.,
'suite/suit' homophony, and 'barbecue' may be general--they're used in
Minnesota too.

At 06:41 PM 12/3/00 -0500, you wrote:
>More of the same (PA-isms, an' 'at)...
>2. You say the correct pronunciation LANG-kist-er instead of the
>mispronounced Lan-CAST-er, and LEB-en-in instead of the equally
>incorrect Leb-a-NON.
>5. You ask the waitress for "dippy eggs" for breakfast.
>6. You do things "once," as in "I'll go check in the back room once."
>9. Your turkey has "filling," not "stuffing," and most certainly NOT
>11. You say things like, "Outen the lights."
>12. You've heard of distelfinks and hex signs.
>14. You pronounce "Suite" as SUIT, not SWEET.
>15. You say you're going out to the shed "AWHILE" instead of "FOR
>24. You call sloppy joes "barbecue."
>27. You know what a "GOB" is. (it's a dessert that consists of a
>sandwich made with 2 big, cake-y chocolate cookies with coolwhip in the
>31. You know exactly what to do when your mother tells you to "Red up
>your room."
>33. You don't think people from Pittsburgh or Philly talk funny.
>40. Words like "hoagie," "chipped ham," and "pop" actually mean
>something to you.
>42. You constantly refer to Pennsylvania as "PA."
>Drew.Danielson at
>"Donald M. Lance" wrote:
> >
> > From one of those ubiquitous e-mails: "you know you're from..."
> > 11.  Stores don't have  bags; they have sacks.
> > 14.  You end your sentence with an unnecessary preposition. Example:
> "Where's my coat at?"
> >
> > 23.  You think  everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
Ph.: (740) 593-4568              Fax: (740) 593-2967

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