Didn’tst I tell you not to go acrosst the street?

Remember back a little bit when I was talking about York County’s – or at least my – way of saying “cousins” – by adding a T sound to make it “cousints?”

Well, I mentioned in that post that it seemed similar to adding a T to “once,” as in doing something “wunst.”

I got two responses to that on yet MORE T-additions. Coworker and friend Sue writes: “I do notice York people adding a ‘t’ to the word ‘across’ so that it’s ‘acrosst.'”

And Jo adds: “I’ll add another one heard long ago – dinds’t for ‘didn’t’ or ‘didn’t they.’ It’s that darn Dutch thing, ya know.”
Why do we do this? We are so economical in other ways – why the extra Ts?

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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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One Response to Didn’tst I tell you not to go acrosst the street?

  1. adriane says:

    I notice another one all the time: using ‘t’ in ‘asked’. It ends up sounds like “I wanted to ast you a question”. Jason does it all the time and so does his mom, both from Adams county, but close enough. Much to my horror, I now catch myslef saying, to sometimes, too.

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