Let’s redd up the blog

Time to clean up on here, fix some outdated links and generally start posting more again.

And since I’m long overdue for a Yorkism, what about “redd up”?

Redd up: To fix, clean, tidy, neaten, straighten, rearrange, spruce up, etc.

At a recent supper at my church, where we use plastic tablecloths, plates and everything, they cleared the tables by having everyone leave their trash, gathering the plastic tablecloths around the garbage, and pitching the whole bundle.

Overheard from one of the men there: “Don’t take long to redd up a table that way, does it?”

My dad would say this one occasionally, and it’s not one I’m prone to, but I sure do hear it a lot.

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Let’s redd up the blog

  1. Paul Edic says:

    We grew up in the Glenwillow, Solon, Bedford area of Northeast Ohio, southeast of Cleveland, in the 1940′s..
    We used the expression “redd up” all the time, redd up the table after eating, redd up the house if somebody was coming.. it seemed to imply a little bit of haste, needing to get it done right away..
    In a small Swedish dictionary it gives “reda upp” as meaning ‘to put into order’..! Perhaps the English goes back to the marauding Scandanavian pirates centuries ago..!

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