A Yorkism that’s been through the wash


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This is one that I’m not personally guilty of, but I hear it a lot – in fact, not that long ago, it came over the police scanner here at the paper!

It’s pronouncing the word “laundromat” as “laundry-mat.” I guess in a lot of ways, it makes sense; after all, you don’t do your “laundro” there. But still! That’s like when people say “li-berry” instead of “library.” It’s just plain the wrong letter!

Agree? Disagree?

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5 Responses to A Yorkism that’s been through the wash

  1. Joe says:

    I believe I pronounce it correctly but I’ve heard “laundrymat.”
    And to add to it, while most Yorkers wash their clothes there, some warsh their clothes. Somehow an ‘r’ gets thrown in there.

  2. Tracey says:

    I just say I have to go do laundry ‘offsite’ I hate those places. We had to use one when Erik’s washer/dryer combo tried to eat me alive, and I went last night to use a large front loader to wash our winter blankets. But when I do use the foul word, it’s LaundrOmat

  3. Jo says:

    Here’s another for the mix–I say laundramat.
    And then there are those who say chimley for chimney! Heard this one a couple of weeks ago out of the mouth of a York County lifer.

  4. Observer says:

    And ladies, it’s not MAMMEO-gram…it’s MAM-O-GRAM!! And when you can’t hear, you are DEAF not DEATH………and the H is silent in Vehicle…you put SOFFIT on your eaves, not ESOPHAGUS…..It’s FESTIVAL not FESTIBLE…it’s HALLO-ween not HOLLO-ween….SUPPOSEDLY not SUPPOSABLY…I could go on and on. People just do not listen.

  5. Crystal says:

    HA HA HA this cracked me up I do say laundry mat but I pronounce library correctly. Thanks for the laugh!

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