Outen the light!

There’s a Yorkism for you – “Outen the light!”

It means, not surprisingly to turn out the light, and if you’ve read my thoughts on other Yorkisms like been and butter bread and whatfer, you’ll know that I think we stick with “outen” because it’s shorter than “put out” or “turn out” the light.


The house I grew up in, in northern Dover Township, had a wrought-iron switchplate cover in our dining room that actually said “outen the light” on it. It’s very similar to the one at right from someone who runs a business called Orchard Cove Photography. They found it in a ranch house they were renting.

And, in more randomness, there is a band called Alkali Flats that had a CD titled “Outen the Light” in 2004. Weird…

About Joan Concilio

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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