Chicago talk

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 5 17:26:19 UTC 2009

Heard on a Cold Case Files - a true-crimes, trash-TV show - episode
that occurred in Chicago:

_Three-flat_  : the kind of house known in Saint Louis as a
"three-family flat" and in Boston as a "triple-decker"

_Gangway_  : a narrow passageway, three to eight feet wide or so,
between two houses or any other two buildings, leading from the front
to the back of the building to the left. The same term with the same
meaning is used in Saint Louis.

_Decade_    : pronounced as though spelled "dekkid." This is the only
pronunciation that I ever heard or used in Saint Louis. I have no clue
as to how common this pronunciation may be in Chicago.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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