Redd Up / Read Up?

Jimmy Mullan jimmy at MULLAN.UK.COM
Mon Jan 22 18:27:37 UTC 2001

At 09:09 1/22/01 -0500, you wrote:
>How is this Pennsylvania expression pronounced?

It's not just a "Pennsylvania expression"; I come from rural Northern
Ireland, in which it is alleged that the local dialect is Elizabethan (the
1st one, that is) and the term "redd up" is frequently used to imply "clean
up", "get ready", as in:

"Hey, wee cutty, redd up the flure with thon bizzim fornenst the chumley"

Am I the only one on the list who knows what that means, in the present-day
Queen's English? ;-).

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