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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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30 things I love about living in York County

In honor of her 30th birthday, Only in York County author Joan Concilio shares 30 things she loves about being a Yorker.

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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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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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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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Yesterday night: Maybe a Joanism and not a Yorkism?

I had gotten two comments from friends in recent weeks about something I say that is, apparently, odd. (I know, you’re shocked.) It’s the phrase “yesterday night,” which I say in place of “last night.” When I used it in … Continue reading

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We’re still full of bologna: More on the pronunciation of this local food

You didn’t think we’d just end our bologna conversation with yesterday’s discussion about the local nature of butcher bologna, did you? We’re just getting in the meat of the conversation! (You should probably laugh now. That’s about it for my … Continue reading

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