Monday, November 9, 2009


"You-s aren't from Wisconsin." "You aren't from Oregon." How did they know? Time and time again for years I was asked the question, "Where are you from?"

So we said crick instead of creek. Read-up instead of clean up. We put 'up' behind a lot of words: packed up, hurried up, washed up, finished up, etc. Mowed yard instead of mowed grass. Sick-in-bed instead of ill. Many phrases that other parts of the country don't use. I read a great deal and discovered that some of our terms and words stem from Scottish roots. I have also learned that it is a language characteristic of that small part of the country.

No, I didn't say as they do in Wisconsin: bubbler for drinking fountain, hairs instead of hair, ooot instead of out, etc. In Oregon, I don't say: perduction instead of production, coulddent instead of couldn't, etc. Every part of the country has language quirks.

I seem to have lost most of my Neff Road brogue. I am no longer asked questions regarding my birth location. I love to go home and hear it again. I don't know of any Scottish roots in Darke County, but the origins of the language do peep through.

We are a country of many origins. Some of us wear them on our tongues.

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