Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wednesday's Word
formerly known as the "What're Words For..."

Word: What is, or, What Are (Interrogatory)
Definition: a curious circumlocution indicating that the questioner wishes to pursue a subject

Usage: “What is, Eben going to buy a new manure spreader?”
Daow. He won’t buy it. Says he just wants to try her out. He will, till he cleans out his barn.”


What are they, going to plow the Henderson Road now them new folks have built in there?”

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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