Rutsch or rutch – Either way, this Yorkism continues to slide around!

I have to thank my sister Linda, who was NOT born and raised in York County, but who has lived here long enough to pick up on some great Yorkisms. She brought up “rutching” again last week, as we gathered to celebrate Christmas, when she was talking about her dog squirming around in bed.

Well, that reminded me of something that was included in the most recent copy of the Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage Group’s newsletter. As you see below, it’s from “The Comprehensive Pennsylvania German Dictionary” and shows not only the Pa. Dutch spelling of “rutsche,” but also a poem about it! (If Hubby told me I was as lovely as milk and blood, though, we’d have to talk. So I don’t recommend sharing this with your spouse.)

Rutsche or rutchy clipping from Pa. Dutch Heritage Group newsletter

If you missed it, some earlier talk about being “rutchy” or “rutschy” is here and here.

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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One Response to Rutsch or rutch – Either way, this Yorkism continues to slide around!

  1. Mark Grubic says:

    Hello Joan!

    Gotta chime in on this, here in Austria and most of Germany we wish one another ‘einen guten Rutsch’ to bring in the new year. I’m not sure but I think I mentioned this last new year but anyway, Have a great slide into the new year. Ich wünsch dich und deine Familie einen Guten Rutsch und eine Fröliches und Glückliches Neues Jahr! All the way from Austria!

    Liebe Grüße!
    Mark

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