Happy and/or Random Thoughts #3

fascination

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pondering all the things I can do to stay out of the house during the superbowl...first, because I have no interest in it, secondly, because dh will be pulling out a plethora of toxic foods ...it is his joy and I cannot deprieve him of it....but, we already had baked potato bar on friday, I cannot afford superbowl food-gasm...I have a comp coming and I would rather not wish I was wearing a burka for latin
 

nikkitta

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That makes a lot of sense. The only problem is that, in order to stay open, businesses have to make profit somewhere.
Understood. It's not like I didn't buy anything else -- I had a meal. There must be profit in that. I drink a lot of water with my food, and getting multiple bottles of expensive Perrier or whatnot to accomplish that is nuts (to me). I rarely eat out, but I have to admit it can be an interesting test to see how well the waitstaff is paying attention with those multiple refills. Do they magically appear when the glass is low, or do I need to wave someone down?
 

Peaches

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Just a little update... Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, J_alex, for recommending Nailtiques. I finally made it to a CVS and picked up a bottle. My nails had only deteriorated further by the time I did--the one nail I was having problems with before got much worse, and every day another nails would tear and peel. I couldn't stop it. I got the Nailtiques on Sunday, cut my nails down short, and put the stuff on. Knock on wood, but it's now been three days without any further damage, and it doesn't look like more damage is imminent. I can't thank you enough. This stuff is amazing.
 

Peaches

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You're from Western Pa/Pittsburgh area! That's the only place I've known, where they eliminate the "to be" verb from sentences like this. I bet you put your hair back in a gum band, too.
I know! My first teacher's wife was from western PA and she did the same thing. It was the first (and only, until now) time I'd ever heard that. I also found it interesting that she never referred to her home state as Pennsylvania, only "pee-ae."
 

pygmalion

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You're from Western Pa/Pittsburgh area! That's the only place I've known, where they eliminate the "to be" verb from sentences like this.

Not just Western PA. Pretty much anywhere except Philly. All my pals in the Lehigh Valley and parts north say the same sorts of things. "The potatoes need boiled." "My car needs washed." Etc. Blew me away, the first several times I heard it, but I got used to it, eventually.
 

pygmalion

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On the nails.

I knew a woman from Akron, Ohio who talked like that. Strange.

It seemed strange to me, at first, too. But, when I thought about it a bit, I figured that grammatical structure was probably related to the language(s) of the immigrant groups who settled in that part of PA and Ohio. (Where's DWise1 when you need him? Or bia, maybe?)

This would also be a fine question for the linguists that host A Way With Words on NPR. Does anybody know how to submit a question for a radio talk show? Hmm. Shall google.

I do know that some proponents of Ebonics (African American vernacular speech) point out that the sentence structure used in Ebonics mimics sentence structure of certain West and Central African languages. That sentence structure may sound strange in English, but its roots come from a valid place. (I have no wish to open the can of worms that is a discussion about Ebonics, nor am I comparing Ebonics to western PA colloquial speech.) I'm just citing an example that needs cited. :p
 

pygmalion

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Googling accomplished. To contact A Way With Words, you call and record a message or email a question. If your question gets chosen, a producer will contact you. This show gets thousands of contacts a year, though, and it's only a half hour show, once a week, most weeks of the year. There's the rub. I'll call and ask, but it might be a while before we get the lowdown on why western PA folks omit the phrase "to be," unless one of the many word geeks here in DF can help us out.

http://www.waywordradio.org/contact/
 

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