Category Archive 'Regionalisms'

27 Feb 2015




In Sweden, they say “yes,” by inhaling air into the mouth.

One reader adds that they do it in Northern Ireland, too.


In the neighborhood of my Allegheny foothills Pennsylvania farm, there is PA Dutch influence on speech: “That field needs mowed.” And there is the Scots Irish habit of adding a superfluous repetitive confirmatory clause, “So there is.”

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