Origin of the term "Upstate"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 18 15:23:46 UTC 2011

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> I have family members who speak of "going down to Boston," which is
> north for them.  This is jarring to me, as I have always thought that "up"
> denotes north and "down" denotes south.

We talked about this a bit last year after my On Language column
covering "down the shore" came out:


And "down the shore" came up again recently in my AV Club interview
about Philly / S Jersey dialectal features:



Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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