Monday, December 26, 2011

Slang and Colloquialisms of Streeter

For the linguists out there, I decided to write this post on slang. Slang and colloquialisms (and there is a difference between the two) are used in everyday speech. "What's up?", "cool", "awesome", "hatin' it", "off the chain", etc. - there are lots of these phrases and words that make up modern American English that may change or disappear.

I spoke to Vernon Pack about the slang he heard growing up in Streeter. Here's a list of a few he remembered:

the dismals: instead of saying "I have the blues" (he heard his father use this phrase).
not worth the salt that went into his/her bread: when speaking negatively of someone.
hope them do it
You need not too much cedgeation: instead of saying, "you don't need that much education"
It's clabbering up to rain: this originated from churning butter. Once the cream soured in the butter making process, it began to curdle or clabber and looked cloudy.

The clouds are building

Not worth the powder and lead to blow them to Hell

Beat the tar out of you

A fin = $5
Sawbuck = $10

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