Pop quiz: An overheard Yorkism

While shopping at Macy’s this past weekend, I sat in the shoe department near some lovely older ladies for a while, and had the privilege of hearing them talking. First of all, they were great. Very friendly, which I appreciated.
Second of all, they were full of Yorkisms, which I loved!
In one case, they were talking about shirt sizes, and one woman told the other, “You don’t want that! It’s an extra-large!”
Now, here’s your two-part pop quiz. First, how did this awesome York County woman pronounce “extra,” and second, what is the most famous example of that same type of pronunciation with another word?
I’ll give you a hint: I doctored the image below, but if I hadn’t, you’d see it!
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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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3 Responses to Pop quiz: An overheard Yorkism

  1. Joe says:

    I’m gonna guess she said “eggstra” and would that be an “eggstravganza?”

  2. Melanie says:

    I’m betting she said ‘extry.’ And I’d have guessed that without the visual aid of the Grand Old Opry, it’s how my grandmother pronounces it. LOL

  3. The other Jo says:

    I’ll go with “extry” as in Grand Ol’Opry!

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