"Jeet jet?" / "No, jew?" (1925)

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Nov 16 19:19:45 UTC 2005

Nothing New York specific about any of the quite regular phonetic
processes which would reduce "Did you eat yet? No; did you" to
"Jeetchet? No; jew?"


>Interesting. Thanks, Barry.
>I first heard it as a graduate student in Fayetteville, AR, ca. 1961 -
>from a professor from Fayetteville (or nearby), who had been a graduate
>student at Penn shortly before 1961. (I was not yet a reader of the

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