Skinned, skanned, skunned: What happened to your knees?

Today’s Yorkism comes courtesy of Pat Azriel of the York County Community Foundation.

A little while back, she wrote me a note and said, “I love reading about all the Yorkisms as I am from New York state.” She mentioned our use of awhile when doing things, and our habit of dropping the “to be” part of our verbs – you know, like “needs washed.”

But the main point of her letter? She says, “The latest I wanted to share with you happened a few weeks ago when someone was talking about how her son had hurt his knee while skateboarding; she used the word ‘skunned.’ When I asked about the word, she looked at me funny, and another person chimed in, ‘Yeah, you know, skinned, skanned, skunned.’ Not sure that there really is a ‘skanned’ but either way, ‘skunned’ is just bizarre!”

Indeed! I can honestly say that was a new one to me, too. Has anyone else heard that?

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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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4 Responses to Skinned, skanned, skunned: What happened to your knees?

  1. Jo says:

    Must be a NEW YORKism.

  2. Steve S. says:

    Don’t forget these.
    Outten the light. (Turn it off)
    Go out for awhile. (Go somewhere for an undetermined time)
    Fix something to eat. (As if it were broken)

    As for the “Dippy eggs”, I’ve driven truck for the last 14 years, and the first time I ordered them at a truckstop down south, I got the oddest look from the waitress.

  3. ashley says:

    I’ve heard ‘skunned’ and ‘skinned’ (more frequently skunned) for a skin scrape since I was a kid. And I live in Wisconsin. My parents use it, and they’re from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

    I don’t think ‘fix a sandwich’ or ‘go out for awhile’ is odd either. But I’ve heard both my entire life. Though for ‘go out for awhile’, people mean ‘a while’, but its just… A lack of enunication that’s accepted without a second thought.

  4. Peta says:

    As a child I regularly had skunned knees from racing about on, and subsequently falling off of, my bicycle. Funnily enough, I came across your blog in researching a question for my own blog; how widely understood is the term ‘skunned’?

    If it is a New Yorkism, then someone exported it to Australia mid to late last century.

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