Category Archives: Things we say

Here’s a quick poll for summer: Are they fireflies or lightning bugs?

Joan Concilio wants to know if you call the prolific summer insect a firefly or a lightning bug. Is this a Yorkism?

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Cleaning out the inbox: Random thoughts on Yorkisms

Joan Concilio rounds up some email notes on Yorkisms, or popular York County, PA, words and phrases.

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A look at the Official Pennsylvania Dutch Guide-Book, a 1960s treasure

Joan Concilio shares information about York County and the Pennsylvania Dutch foods and language from the 1966 edition of the Official Pennsylvania Dutch Guidebook.

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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 … Continue reading

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Just for fun: Winter in Pennsylvania

Today’s the first day of winter! I already can’t wait for spring. But for fun, I thought I’d share this, which I received in an e-mail from my mom some time ago. (Comments in parenthesis are all mine; I don’t … Continue reading

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More thoughts on yesterday night

Thank you so much to all of you who made me feel about about my “Joanism” of yesterday night. I was worried that it wasn’t even a Yorkism, because even some Yorkers were making fun of me for it. Well, … Continue reading

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More on skinned, skanned and skunned

On Nov. 3, I wrote about skinned, skanned and skunned. And about a week later, I heard from perhaps the most definitive source on this sort of grammar and usage trickery: One of my high-school English teachers, Sheila Webb of … Continue reading

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A pre-Thanksgiving roundup on stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing, filling or dressing, I think we can all agree that it’s a carb-filled side dish of holiday fame in York County and beyond. Today, since I know everyone is busy getting ready for the holiday, … Continue reading

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How should I address all of you who read Only in York County?

Over the summer, I’d asked how you address a crowd of people. You all? You? Y’all? Yinz? Youins? Yous? Or something else? I was surprised that I hadn’t gotten more answers, and I’m really curious about what’s most commonly said … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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