Saturday, August 26, 2006

Prince Edward Islanderese - English dictionary

Hey guys, welcome back, I just 'finished' unpacking all my stuff in my new room, back in Rice on the 13th floor, hope it's lucky this time. Here's a way to understand everyone movin back to the mainland from PEI (esp. Chels!)

across ... across
aunt ... ont
bad ... ba' - ud
calm ... cam
co-op ... kwop (said quickly - one syllable)
cousin ... cousint
creek ... crick
drowned ... drownded
film . fill'-em
fishing ... fishin (dropping final 'g's from -ing is very common on the Island)
goalie ... goldie
H ... haich
lawn ... lawnd
leg ... laig
milk ... melk
pillow ... pellow
pint .. point
potato ... puh-tay'-tuh
right ... roight (substitution of oi instead of i happens in many words on the Island)
sorry .. so' - ry sounds (like Tory, but with a longer o sound)
stole ... stold
tour ... tore (same sort of o sound as in sorry)
wash . warsh
won't ... woon't (see sorry and tour)
yes ... yay'us
yours ... yers
yeah ... yah (said by sucking in air, almost whispered)

Unique Island words:
Froze .. Frozen
Slippy ... Slippery
Stormstayed ... No real equivalent word - means that a storm has come up and made the travelling so bad that you're stuck somewhere for the night.
Yuz ... You (plural)
Yer guyses ...Yours (plural)

Unique Island phrases:
C.F.A...Come From Away - someone who is "not from the Island" or who has moved here recently. For some people "recently" means any time after birth. "She wouldn't know that, she's a CFA"\n
THE water . Either the Northumberland Strait or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. "Our house is on a hill; you can see the water from our living room."
THE boat . The car ferry. "We have to make the 6 o'clock boat", "We'll have lunch on the boat"\n
THE bridge ...The Confederation Bridge. In Charlottetown, it also can mean the Hillsborough Bridge.
Right hot (or roight hut) ... Very hot. Right is often used to mean very, as in "right close" (roight close), "right icy" (roight oicy)\n
Some good ... Very good. Some can sometimes be used instead of right to mean very, but not always.
From acrost ... From New Brunswick or Nova Scotia
Something or other ... This phrase is usually run together, more like "som-n-r-uthr"\n
No I nevered ... I didn't. You also hear "I never" for the same thing
Throw me up my / down my ... Instead of "throw my... down to me"
Sock feet ... Wearing socks, but no footwear. "Get off the grass in your sock feet!"\n
Desperate cold .. Very cold. Can be used, like some and right, with a wide variety of words
Handy the school ... Near the school
Grade Twoers (Thre-ers, Fourers, etc) ... Children in Grade Two (three. four, etc). You also hear "Grade Twos", etc.
Island turn ... A right turn that involves going left into the oncoming traffic lane before taking a sweeping wide right turn, as if one had a thirty foot trailer attached to the car\n

good luck!


krista said...

you should venture into the deep part of the miramichi. The language is similar but a bit more exotic. If you want some real learning go on up to blackville or "the rapids". Jenni can be your guide.

NK said...

hey dude!
sweet blog.
cute sayings. :)