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Thread #100427   Message #2013534
Posted By: Bat Goddess
01-Apr-07 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Regional expressions
Subject: RE: Folklore: Regional expressions
John Gould (a fine writer!) wrote "Maine Lingo" back in the 1970s -- wondrful book and pretty comprehensive.

Leo Rosten's "Joy of Yiddish" of course, for New York City and other urban areas.

I'm from Milwaukee originally (been in New England since 1970) but I, of course, keep up on Milwaukee-isms --

bubbler for drinking fountain
soda crackers for saltines
"go by the store" instead of "go to the store" (ancient history -- "Let's go by Schuster's" and Gimbel's did -- buy Schusters department store.)
"aina" tossed in at the end of most sentences -- ie "Nice day, aina?"
stand in line not on line (which is NY)

Linn