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Old 03-12-2003, 08:16 AM
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Ah! I forgot to add that in Arkansas where my folks and siblings live, they say things like, "Can I hep ya?" in offer of help. I love, "Can you carry me to the store?" there too.

the one that drives me CRAZY is when I hear people there, my family included say things like, "Them's the purtiest flowers!" Or "Hand me them scissors".

THEM'S??! ARG!!!!

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Old 03-12-2003, 09:13 AM
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It's a fur piece to the next town = several miles

Dinner is the 2nd meal of the day.
Breakfast, Dinner, Supper. Missouri doesnt have lunch I guess.
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Old 03-12-2003, 12:51 PM
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Jayne, you might just be on to something with the word middlin ( is that a word?? LOL!). That makes a lot more sense than Midland and its not like weve never changed a word around here!!


My Dad lived in this area for nearly 50 yrs but never lost his West Virginia accent or the way he talked. Now, those are some of the greatest memories I have of him. He often said breakfast, dinner, supper. He always carried his pail to work with him. They put things in a poke ( bag) too. He couldnt say arrow---he would say arry. Squirrel was another---he said skirl.

When I talk to my mother, Im going to ask her for some more of her sayings.......she has a bunch of them!!


This has brought out such a smile!!
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:04 PM
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My dad said helicofter, for helicopter, and he could not say glove like we do he said it more like globe compartment!!!

I love this!!!

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Bewdy mate this is from my neck of the woods.
I hope I haven't got the wrong end of the stick, and this is what you're after.
dob ~ tell tales on, the kids love to say "I'm gonna dob on you!"
bewdy ~ best
she'll be right ~ it's OK
mate ~ friend
bushed ~ tired
pooped ~ tired
esky ~ ice box or portable cooler
knock ~ criticise
shonky ~ bad quality.
I try hard to be general so that everyone can understand what I'm trying to put accross, but when I'm in a hurry I can't think of a simile, and it sorta just comes out.
From state to state we still have different ones but those are the most general.
There has always been a thing here on who found us first, the Dutch or the Spanish, but the English just happened to settle first.
Captain Cook, so he had a look, and that is where that came from.;-)
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Old 03-12-2003, 02:45 PM
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I use pooped, but you know what that has two meanings for us, as in something that would be in a diaper (nappie)!!!!
I have heard of mate, as a friend!!! We also use knock!!!

I am hoping that by this thread it will be kinda like an international "slang" dictionary!!!! Then we can all understand each other better!!! And speak a little more like we normally would!!!

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Old 03-12-2003, 02:46 PM
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Forgot, I got carried away, pooped is also tired here, we also say I'm bushed, for being tired!!

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Old 03-12-2003, 02:57 PM
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See things aren't so different after all!
I suppose this here computer thing with the internet brings it all closer together.
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Old 03-16-2003, 09:56 AM
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UP of Michigan

Okay from my area we have sayings like:

Yoopers-people that live in the UP of MI.

Trolls-people that live in LP(lower pennisula) of MI.

The Mackinaw bridge hooks us together so we are either over the bridge..(UP) or under the bridge(LP)

Pank- this is a process of panking down the snow, smashing it to make it easier to walk or drive on. In the olden days they used horses to pull a huge log to pank the snow...the roads were higher than the doors on buildings. lol

Mat-snow build up in the driveway that you drive on all winter..on rock drives this is necessary or when you snow blow it chucks rocks into the house, windows, cars, or people passing by.

Pastie- this is food...like a non-gravy meatpie that you hold in your hands to eat...alot of tourist think they are "pasties" the little things dancers use to cover their nipples.

Go show-going to the movie theater.

All I can think of now!

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We do say some funny things, don't we!

I grew up with these in California and still hear them now and then:
bushed ~ tired
pooped ~ tired
pop ~ soda
pulling my leg ~ teasing or making fun of
take a gander ~ take a look

I hear "fair to middlin" occasionally and translate that to mean so-so or okay.

The one my daughter catches me on is saying "worsh" instead of wash. My folks came from the midwest in the 20s and I think this is where I got it.

My grammar isn't always correct either because we do pick up phrases as kids and they seem normal, but the ones that really get me are the way seen and them are used, as in "I seen ......" and "Them things." I even heard these at work by a couple of really smart people, but either no one calls them on it or they forget.

I love listening to Aussie's talk, but don't always know what they are saying.
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