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Local Dialects was RE: Not quite a peeve...


From: Kimberly Herbert (kherbert_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 25 2003 - 13:35:52 PDT

This is fun
Here are two from Texas

Q. How far is it from Houston to San Angelo?
A. Between 6 – 7 Hours depending

My Dad (a Texan to my Uncle an Islander on PEI): We are fixing to go to
Brudenell. Do you want to come?
John (very puzzled) Is something wrong with Mom’s car.

Translation We are getting ready to go

(BTW Growing up I thought Brudenell was the classiest country club in
the world. My sister was on swim team so I had been to all of the clubs
in Houston. This place had wonderful pools (if a bit cold to two kids
from Texas), horseback riding, sailing, a marina, and it just blew me
away. When I was about 10 I realized it wasn’t a club but a PROVENTIAL
PARK. If you are ever on PEI be sure to go by especially if you have a
golfer in the family. My Dad would just go to the pro shop, tell them he
was by himself and they would use him to make a fourth. He met people
from all over the world, and never had a bad group)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it. - Aristotle
-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Arcement []
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 11:44 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Not quite a peeve...

Tracey, sounds local to me.  I am originally from New Orleans, and many
New Orleanians still use the phrase "I'm gonna make groceries".  This
means that they will go to the grocery store and pick up some
groceries.  Also, people in N.O. will frequently say "How's ya momma and
them?"  That means "How are you doing and is your family okay?"  "how's
ya momma and them" is a regional phrase and will not work everywhere, if
you know what I mean.
Idus (about and hour from New Orleans, in southern Mississippi)
----- Original Message -----
From: Tracey Collier
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 5:14 AM
Subject: Not quite a peeve...

But could someone explain to me why some people say “I am good “ in
reply to the question “How are you”
I am not intersted in wether they are good or bad but in wether they are
well or not. I think it may be just a language pattern that Americans
use as I have not heard locals use it.

Tracey in SA