Wondering about wild grapes

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Wondering about words not in the dictionary.

Have you ever used words that can't be found in the dictionary?  I sure have!!  Bet you have, too.  Some times we shorten words or combine them or just plain make them up to suit the situation.  Heck, I use them all the time.  No, I don't usually use them when I am writing but just when I am talking.

Let me explain what I am talking about.  Didja know that there are words like "didja"?  Just in case some of you don't know, "didja" means "did you".  I will make all these words I am talking about today in red so right off you will know which ones they are.  Wow, wadda you going to think of these words?  Yep, "wadda" is another one which means "what are", like in wadda you doing tonight.

Are you getting bored with this posting yet.  Well hang in there, I will only do a couple more.  Sorta shorten it up a bit.  And "sorta" means "sort of" or something like that.  OK, I promise, just lemme do one more.  I guess I would say that "lemme" means "let me".  Not sure if I am correct on all the above.  Please feel free to correct me or add some of your own.  So lemme wish you a happy Saturday, you hear?

11 comments:

  1. All makes perfect sense to me, especially since I use them all the time on my blog, ya know?

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  2. Y'all make perfect sense to me. Hey... I'm from SE Ohio with a family history of "corrupted" English on my Mom's side and a bit of WV and KY mountain talk on the other side. Wadda ya spect? I'm gonna write the way I talk... maybe even with a few ain'ts and dinchas thrown in. In my case I even use some words that are ancient... who ever heard of having a clothes press (closet) or how 'bout... redding up the table (clearing the table of dishes). I think these are really old words that were used in England once. Here I am tryin' to learn Spanish and my English sure could use some polish!

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    1. I'm from western PA and we had clothes presses and we red up our rooms. When I went to Penn State, noboby seemed to know what I was talking about. They said I shouldn't paint my room red. .. I even heard Chester on the TV show Gunsmoke say he was going to RED up the office. I thought it was just a western PA dialect.

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    2. "The press" is still a term used in Ireland for any type of cupboared with shelves.

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  3. I've only recently caught the words I use, mainly because I'm stuck in old people land where everyone acts like were born with a pedigree. I'm the ONLY one who shortens nearly every word outta my head.

    Like idn't. There is no "D" in "Isn't" as one old biddie pointed out to me.

    Hey, your email thingie won't open up for me.

    littlelottajoy@gmail.com

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    1. Does that mean those people were born with fancy toe nails? Oh you said pedigree not pedicure.

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  4. I love to shorten words when I'm with local friends because the Cockney's of East London don't have time to speak in long drawn out sentences using difficult words, they just like to get it all out in the shortest, quickest possible way making sense. You get more of a conversation that way.

    I must admit that sometimes when I'm writing I might just make up a word because I don't always know if it already exists. For example, when I was young I use to say 'worser' to imply that someone had got more sick but they say it's not a word. Who knows?

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    1. Why use a lot of works or great big words when short ones will work, even if they are made up. And I have also been known to ues the word "worser".

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  5. butterbean carpenterSeptember 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Howdy DD,
    Well, I do declah, dahlin', evaone tawks a bit diffunt whea eva we live and othas
    jes cawnt undahstan whut we say, how droll!!
    Ain'tcha is a word meaning 'are you not' , in E. Texas if you're going to engage in an action you're ' fittin', the rest of the state uses 'fixin'', 'pertnear' is close by; I really don't know where they come from, but even in the blogs we run across some strange utterings....

    Hope the sweltering Gulf Coast breezes don't keep you from having a HAPPY DAY !!!!

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  6. I have always made up words. I like it. Plus being Southern we have our own way of shortening ... hot here... we speak slowly but with more syllables. that's interesting. innit.

    one's I use all the time with texting famiily are..

    yup?
    jeet yet?

    are you up and did you eat yet... I gotta million of em ;)

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