Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday's Word

Word: Kahdboo-ud kaht’n (N.) – test phrase (spelling – “cardboard carton”)

When you say this right, you’ll be well on your way to acceptable speech. When Yankees travel outside the Northeastern U.S. and meet people who don’t know how to talk right, they may be mocked and implored to repeat “Pahk y’r cah in Hahvud Yahd.” As far as test phrases go, though, “Hahdah than a ho-ah’s haht” may be the best.

(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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