Where’s It At?

Ever heard this saying around York? Ever cringe at the thought of a grammatically wrong sentence such as “Where’s it at?” or “Are you coming down?” Last week my English teacher informed us the reason we talk in such a way. Pennsylvania is primarily Dutch, and originally spoke the native ways. In Dutch the preposition is at the end of a sentence and not next to the verb like it should be. The problem is the word “Where’s” it should be “Where is.” Since we have converged the word “Where” and “is” it sounds normal. Once a person says “where is it at” you realize how uneducated it actually sounds.

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One Response to Where’s It At?

  1. A local German says:

    Sounds like your Engilsh teacher needs a history lesson. Pennsylvania is not primarily Dutch, Pennsylvania is primarily German. The term Pennsylvania Dutch comes from Pennsylvania Deutsch. Deutsch being the German word for German. Germans do use similar speech patterns to the Dutch and are therefore often confused.

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