Talking Philadelphian

Last week our local TV news reported a Philadelphia sink hole that opened up from a broken water main. “I was just standing there on the payment when it opened up,” said a woman eyewitness. “The payment fell in an’ I kudda been killed!”

I loved it! It illustrates two characteristics at once. In Philadelphia, that strip of concrete is called a “payment,” not a “sidewalk.” And, if a word is long, feel free to leave out a few sounds somewhere in the middle. Everyone will still understand, or they can look it up in the “lie-berry.”


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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One Response to Talking Philadelphian

  1. Joan says:

    dear Roger    Joan Gail and I are greatly offended that we knew nothing about the Mini Reunion.We also take exception to the fact you didn’t thinkany girls in our class were pretty,given that we  clearly were the May Queens of Delaware County. We realizae that self-awareness was not one of your strong points!!!! Your apology shows real personal growth.
    Please let us know about any future get-togethers.
    Have a Good day

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