Cleaning your clothes, York County-style

I happened on a good Yorkism the other day.

On Facebook, I mentioned that I had just done a “load of wash” and had another ready to go, which I found depressing.

Well, friend and coworker Jess mentioned that she loved that I said “load of wash” because she thought of that as a York-centric phrase.

It turns out, though, that even some of my Maryland friends agreed. At first, my friend Tracy said, well, what else would you call it? Jess says she calls it a load of laundry – in fact, she says, “Can wash even be used as a noun?” – but Tracy and I both agree that if we’re doing laundry, we’re just “doing the laundry,” minus “load,” and if we say “load of…,” then that’s followed by wash.

(And don’t get me started on when you do laundry at that place that isn’t at your house where you have to pay.)

Anyway, my sister Carol is also a “load of wash” person. She, though, disagrees with something that Tracy and I and some longtime northern York County folks say.

Well, of course, that’s that we pronounce it “warsh!”

What about you? Load of laundry? Load of wash? Just laundry? Just wash? Warsh? Do tell!

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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4 Responses to Cleaning your clothes, York County-style

  1. Louise says:

    Hi Joni,
    I call it “load -a- wash.” As in, “I just did a loada wash.” Must be all that time spent in Jersey. Yous gotta problem wit dat?
    Love, Weez

  2. Melanie says:

    I’ve always called it ‘doing a load of wash,’ or just ‘doing the wash.’ I had no idea it was a York County-ism, though!
    Excuse me while I get back to mine. :p

  3. Jo says:

    I sometimes slip and become a warsh & ern person! But it’s always Washington.

  4. Sherry says:

    For me it’s a load of wash while it’s still dirty, although it’s “laundry” while being gathered & after it has been “washed” in the washing machine, dried, maybe folded out of the dryer or off the “wash/clothes” lines & then put into the “wash/clothes/laundry” baskets.

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