Some of my favorite Yorkisms

One interesting side benefit of the “Ask Joan” feature is that even people who I’ve known for ages are starting to ask me questions about life in York County, which hadn’t really happened before. But another neat thing is that I’ve been introduced, through it, to tons of people who I didn’t already know and who’d never read this blog before.

Sometimes, these new readers have questions about things we’ve mentioned before, but haven’t talked about for a long time. Most popular in that category? Yorkisms. So, in honor of some of my newer readers – hi, guys! – I thought I mise-well round up some of the most popular or prominent Yorkisms that we’ve talked about on Only in York County from 2007 to present.

As a brief preface, a Yorkism is not something that’s ONLY said in York County. It’s something that is said frequently or by a lot of people in the area, though, maybe at a higher concentration than it might be said elsewhere. A lot of our best Yorkisms are more accurately “Pennsylvania Dutch-isms,” but that doesn’t have quite as nice a ring to it.

Yorkisms word artThere’s the way we switch “leave” and “let”. Then you have our tendency to do things “quick”, regardless of their speed, and “once”, regardless of the number of times involved.

Our baseball skills must be well-developed, because we “pitch” anything we’re done with. And our golf skills are also sharp, because we’ve got a lot of “Ts” in acrosst and cousint and wunst.

The waitresses take your drink orders awhile when you enter a restaurant. We’re careful when going out to breakfast in the winter, when the roads are slippy. And when you order, dressing isn’t just for your salad, and filling isn’t just used to describe a whole plate full! We also eat dippy eggs and butter bread. When our milk is empty, it’s all. We follow a receipt when cooking (actually, we usually don’t!). And if we’re busy in the kitchen, we sure hope the kids don’t get rutchy!.

Here in York County, we know that Hamlet was wrong – “to be” isn’t even an option when the laundry needs done or the car needs washed. And no matter whatfer blogs you’re reading, you can’t miss my second-ever post.

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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3 Responses to Some of my favorite Yorkisms

  1. Deb says:

    In regard to “you” plural, if you’re a Yorker, it has to be “youse”.

  2. Dan Kohler says:

    I’m 63 and I’ve lived in Lancaster for twenty years but I find that the older I get more “Yorkisms” slip out. I ketch myself using them but it don’t matter cause I can’t help it. Back in the early 70’s I lived in Chicago for a time. One of my employers uset to tell people I was from Pennsyltucky. I lost some of the accent and the Yorkisms after living there awhile but when I came back to York they came back with me.
    My dad was born in 1900 and was raised down around Glen Rock. His mother was a Blymire. The infamous John Blymire of”The Hex Trial” was my dad’s cousin. Needless to say my dad had a lot of York Cownty in him. The old timers uset to say “werry” instead of “very”. I guess that German is hard to loose.
    I’m happy I found your blog. I don’t know where I heard about it but reading the blogs brings back a lot of memories. I’m sure I’ll be checking in regularly. Thanks.

  3. Bob says:

    Back when I was a kid, a number of York boys went to summer camp in Vermont, along with other boys from all over the country. While there, people would know we were from the York area because we asked “Yorkian questions.” Those totally superfluous questions would come after someone said he was going out in a canoe… “Are ya?”… or after someone played baseball… “Didge ya?”

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