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Old 04-11-2016, 08:27 PM
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Here in Nepa (north east Pa). It's Heynabonics. I'll research more to give you an example.
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The big one I can think of here in southeast Wisconsin is "bubbler." I am not a native of this area, and for a full 18 months after we moved here, when my son (who was a toddler at the time) talked about "bubble drink," I thought he meant soda. Turns out that "bubbler" is the local term for drinking fountain, and when he asked for a bubble drink, he wanted a drink from the drinking fountain.

There are all sorts of interesting quizzes you can take online about your dialect that purport to verify where you live and/or where you are from originally. The most famous one is from the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...map.html?_r=1&
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heynabonics
The secondary language used in Northeastern Pennsylvania, using quick uneducated-like words to talk about anything.
"Bob had to brush up on his heynabonics before visiting Northeastern PA."

How heynabonics may be used..
When ordering Perogies and Hot Dogs from a church bizzaar:
"Hey gimme couple two tree a dem-der perogies, and maybe one-a-doze hoddags."

When asking if the perogies were good:
"Hey dem-der perogies good, heyna?"

When you go to ask your friend if he's eaten:
You: Jeet Yet?
Him: No, Joo?

When giving directions:
"Well first yous gonna go tru a couple two tree lights, den yous gonna take a left. Then you'll be in soyahville. Go up dem der interstate and youse'll get ta scranin'."

When your teacher tells you sit down:
"Johhny! Go siddown' on your doopa!"

Is this the stuff that you really want to hear? (lol)
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:35 PM
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I live up here, so I can actually be able to translate this. I'm just worried someday I might talk like that.
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Some Texas slang...


Y’all – used in place of you all or you guys ALWAYS
Fixin' - Getting ready to...We're fixin' to go to the rodeo.
Howdy – common greeting among Texans meaning “how do you do?”
Ain’t – are not
Uh huh – Yes
Over yonder – used in place of over there
Tuckered out – used instead of exhausted
Right quick – used in place of quickly
Conniption fit – to get upset and and raise a ruckus. Example – “My momma is fixin’ tuh have a conniption fit if you don’t do them dishes right quick.”
Supper – dinner
Looker – an attractive woman
Yankee – Anyone who lives North of the Mason-Dixon line
Tank – pond
Sure’nuff (one word) – sure enough – usually used to express agreement. Example – “Dang that girl’s a looker.” “Yep, she sure’nuff is.”
Coke – any type of soda
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I am also upset that I am Polish and this is a Polish community, and they couldn't even spell Perogies correctly. It's Pierogies. It's kielbasa, not kielbasi.
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Will get over that upset.

NEPA, Northeast Pa, heyna means everything. It means of course, it means ok, in northeast pa, I don't think we recognize some letters. for ex three , tree. Leave out the H. When we say just a little ride away, we are talking about 15 -20 miles. Yep, just up the rode from here, and when you see those black cows, make a right. (lol)
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A few Texas phrases...

Ain’t my first rodeo – not your first time doing something
Whole nuther thang – something else entirely
Big hat, no cattle – all talk and no action
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Verbs:

All worked up or all riled up – arousal of some sort. Example – “Dangit, now you got Bubba all worked up for nothin’.”
Ah’ mo – I’m going to. Example – “Ah’ mo get back to work”
Ain’tchya (one word) – aren’t you?
Eat up – to be consumed/overtaken by. Example – “We got eat up by them skeeters (mosquitos).” Example 2. When I would do something dumb around my grandpa, he would say “Tyler Cole, you’re just all eat up with the dumbass ain’tchya?”

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I'm going to say that wherever you go, you will be fine. I think I was just trying to show the ridiculous of things, but people do really speak english. To pick up the dialect in each individual place, that would be something you have to do.. To pick up the dialect of all different places in the US, impossible.

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"Hella," as in "this is hella cool." The elementary school kids say "hecka." It's a California thing.
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Question Hella

For all of you letting us know about Hella, here in southeastern Virginia we have a brand of dip called "Helova Good" that is available in french onion and a few other flavors. Does anyone else have this?
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IrishLass......Yes, we have Helova food Dip here in Northern Virginia.....

I will mention that I lived my early life with my grandmother in the deep woods of West Virginia. The people there, at that time, were direct descendants from the first settlers of the area. Mostly Scott/Irish and some German......
My ex-husband was from Northern Ireland (Belfast).......
I was pleasantly surprised that there were words that my grandmother and husband both used in common...that I had never heard from anyone else.
Like:
pretties.....meaning toys
smalls......underwear
shirtwaist......a lady's slip worn under a dress
peckish.......hungry
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A few off the top of my head from NE England

H'way... means come on
Have a plodge...to walk up to your ankles in the sea
Why Aye man.....you are talking rubbish
Chemist.....very drunk
It's mint....it's very good
He/She are sound....they are very nice, well grounded people.
Lush.....very nice
Ellish....very nice
Twocker....car thief
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Originally Posted by amy55 View Post
heynabonics
The secondary language used in Northeastern Pennsylvania, using quick uneducated-like words to talk about anything.
"Bob had to brush up on his heynabonics before visiting Northeastern PA."

How heynabonics may be used..
When ordering Perogies and Hot Dogs from a church bizzaar:
"Hey gimme couple two tree a dem-der perogies, and maybe one-a-doze hoddags."

When asking if the perogies were good:
"Hey dem-der perogies good, heyna?"

When you go to ask your friend if he's eaten:
You: Jeet Yet?
Him: No, Joo?

When giving directions:
"Well first yous gonna go tru a couple two tree lights, den yous gonna take a left. Then you'll be in soyahville. Go up dem der interstate and youse'll get ta scranin'."

When your teacher tells you sit down:
"Johhny! Go siddown' on your doopa!"

Is this the stuff that you really want to hear? (lol)



OMGosh Amy, I grew up in that region & I haven't heard anyone speak like this in SO LONG!!!

No one had arthritis. They all had Arthur-ite-us
No sandwiches, but plenty of sang-witches.

Heyna is actually pronounced "A-nuh" - we used it at the end of every sentence like the equivalent of ending it with, "aint' it?" (shudder)

Nice day, heyna?

I had to consciously work at my inflection & enunciation at a teen to avoid having this lazy dialect - it grated my nerves even as a child! This sums it all up pretty well:

Scranton Dictionary
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:26 AM
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Haha - love this thread!

These might be more dialect than slang...

Here in Montana,

We love high school wrastling.
We go fishing in the crick - A LOT.
We drink pop - or Coke (Coke applies to any flavor sometimes.)
We drive "rigs." Rig applies to any car, truck, motorcycle, trike, or bicycle. I could add Segways, scooters and skateboards to the "rig" list too.
We hunt speed goats (antelope.)
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:48 PM
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OMGosh Amy, I grew up in that region & I haven't heard anyone speak like this in SO LONG!!!

No one had arthritis. They all had Arthur-ite-us
No sandwiches, but plenty of sang-witches.

Heyna is actually pronounced "A-nuh" - we used it at the end of every sentence like the equivalent of ending it with, "aint' it?" (shudder)

Nice day, heyna?

I had to consciously work at my inflection & enunciation at a teen to avoid having this lazy dialect - it grated my nerves even as a child! This sums it all up pretty well:

Scranton Dictionary

I hear all of those things a lot here. I went through that dictionary, and I really wasn't surprised.

I also hear that they make monkey meat sang witches here also.

Oh, for anyone not from around here ---Nanny Coke, is Nanticoke Pa, there is also a West Nanticoke which is across the riva. Luzerne Co resident and proud of it. I don't know if I can go back and look at what they call foreigners here, it's people from NY, NJ. It's nooyookers or suttin like that.

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