Dahlianut Dictionary forum: Grandma Speak

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Apr 22, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
I remembered some words and phrases that were used by my grandmothers that I never heard anyone else use. They both lived in southwestern Pennsylvania but these words seem to be outside of the realm of Pittsburghese. (Yeah, that's a real word, sort of. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburghese)

From my Grandma Kallenborn

Darsn't = should not, better not, or dare not. "You darsn't jump off of the top stair."

Rench water = rinse water. When she washed the dishes, she filled one basin with soapy water and one basin with "rench water".

From my Grandma Staymates

Down street - This is what she called downtown in the little town where they lived. "He isn't home now; he went down street." She only used this word in reference to the town where they lived, not any other town.

Poodaloobish - I am spelling this as it sounds. As I remember it, it is a reference to a child, e.g. "Janet is going to leave Poodaloobish here while she goes to the store." It is not an official nickname. Anyone can be Poodaloobish.
Apr 23, 2011 7:38 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
OH my gramma said 'rench water' too. She lived in Saskatchewan when I was a seedling but orignally moved from Ontario and was of Brit descent. What a koinkidink!!!

Anyone can be a Poodaloobish? Big Grin It sounds very Mad Hatter Big Grin Methinks I could have fun with this one Big Grin
Apr 23, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
Poodaloobish seems to be reserved for children.
Apr 23, 2011 8:58 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
okie dokie Smiling
Aug 2, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
Here's another

After bit - in a little while. "The pie isn't ready yet, but we can have some after bit."
Aug 3, 2011 5:59 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Lovey dubby That is SO luvly. I shall use it for the baby seedlings. "No worries, you shall flower after bit" Lovey dubby
Aug 5, 2011 4:44 PM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Kelli wrote:Poodaloobish seems to be reserved for children.

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Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Aug 6, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Never mind Graqndma, you should hear 'Milwaukee talk'. It comes from the German. Things are 'all' as in the PA dutch all gone. The ' beer's all.'

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