Heard on local NE PA news

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Tue Jan 26 02:02:51 UTC 2010

On 1/25/2010 5:20 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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> Reporter covering flooding of Toby(sp?) Creek, caused by day-long,
> heavy rains in Wyoming County:
> "What's it been like, today?"
> Forty-ish local:
> "It's just been awful. I've never seen the creek _[krIk]_ like this before!"
> The first time that I've ever that pronunciation in the wild.

Commonly heard in the 1950s among lower-class natives of Ulster County
NY (more specifically, the area around Accord and Kerhonkson.)  Heard
more recently from middle-class natives of the Twin Cities.

Dan Goodman
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