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?