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Pool and Pole

Postby Mama » Wed May 10, 2006 7:54 pm

I grew up in Tennessee, where I learned to say pool, for a swimming pool, and pole for a telephone pole, but now that I live in PA, my kids say pool to mean a telephone pole. Is that a Pennsylvania thing? It drives me nuts.
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Postby Slava » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:17 pm

Any Pennsylvanians out there? I'm curious myself, and it's been a long time we've been waiting for an answer. Anyone care to clue us in? It would drive me nuts, too.
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Postby bnjtokyo » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:36 pm

The Good Doctor lives in Lewisburg PA and should be able to speak with some authority on the local dialect. Actually, since there is quite a bit of dialectical variation within Pennsylvania, it would be helpful if Mama would tell where in Pennsylvania she and her children are living.
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Postby Mama » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:50 am

Certainly. I live in Southwest Pennsylvania, about 15 miles west of Pittsburgh.
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:49 pm

Ah, Pittsburgh, birthplace of my wife and her cousins. You can always tell someone from Western Pennsylvania; they say "This needs cleaned" instead of "This needs cleaning" or "This needs to be cleaned." That, and the personal pronoun "yuns;" it just ain't the same as y'all. The Maryland public school system just couldn't learn them any different. :wink:

I think this quote says it all:
Surely you are one of them. Thy speech betrays thee.

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BTW, that "ain't" is spelled a i n ' t. Somebody must've hacked the Profanity Filter! Doc, are you reading this?
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Postby Mama » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:52 pm

Yuns is supposed to be a contraction - You ones, or you'ns just like y'all stands for you all.
The bad word insert is funny. I guess it's like my teacher used to say ain ' t ain ' t a word.
And did the Maryland school system teach them or learn them? You know if you teach them, they will learn. LOL
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