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St. Patrick’s Day Addendum For Spork Incident

Lamest. Leprechaun. Ever. Posted by Picasa

March 17th, 2006 at 08:48pm Posted by Eli

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St. Patrick’s Day Photoblogging

What better day to post pictures from the St. Patrick’s Day parade? These are some of the… St. Patrickiest.

I’m not entirely sure what his role in the accordion band is… Speakerweight, maybe?

The traditional parade Throwing Of The Sweets.

The Flags Of Ireland!

Yeah, the heels really “make” the whole inflatable-mascot ensemble…

2 comments March 17th, 2006 at 07:23pm Posted by Eli

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Dial Ect For Pittsburgh

Welcome to Pittsburgh…

Today’s NYT had an article on regional dialects, which might help give you some idea of what it’s like to live in Pittsburgh…

[A]n hour south, the woman behind the information desk at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center on Interstate 79 pronounced cot/caught and don/dawn (dahn/dahn) as if they were the same, exactly as Professor Labov’s maps predicted would happen once a traveler left the Inland North.

Outside Lou’s Little Corner Bar in Pittsburgh’s Little Italy, which is known as Bloomfield, it was snowing hard. Inside, a loud argument about the president and weapons of mass destruction was taking place. Did he know? Did he not know? The bartender, Donna Bruno, whose fiancÚ is in Iraq, did not have an opinion. But on the existence of Pittsburghese, she was clear.

“Of course we talk funny,” she said. “We string words together. East Liberty becomes S’liberty. Down the street becomes dahnthestreet. And it’s always what yinz doin? Why we talk this way, I don’t know, but it might be because each neighborhood was settled by different ethnicities during the steel years.” Professor Labov basically concurs with this theory.

Dawn Spring, a waitress working the breakfast shift at Tom’s Diner on East Carson Street, had learned from experience that Pittsburghers speak a language of their own. She’d lived in Texas briefly. “I’d say, ‘I’m gonna redd up my car,’ which means clean up, and no one down there knew what I was talking about. We say yinz, they say y’all. We say gum band for rubber band. We in Pittsburgh may not speak proper English, but we know what we’re saying. And that’s what matters, right?”

They missed “up ‘ere”; the fact that “yinz” is often constructed “yinz guys” (which is kinda nonsensical); and the truncation of the passive voice – i.e., “Those gum bands up ‘ere need to be redded up” becomes “Those gum bands up ‘ere need redded up.”

This has been a public service message from The Linguistics Association of My Apartment (LAMA).

2 comments March 17th, 2006 at 06:10pm Posted by Eli

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Friday Quote & Giant Yak Dog Blogging

Today’s quote is from the 1941 General Custer biopic, They Died With Their Boots On, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland:

Well, here’s to bloody war and quick promotion.

Definitely words to live by in this day and age.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s giant yak dogs.

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March 17th, 2006 at 12:12pm Posted by Eli

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