If you have moved to the Lancaster area, I am sure you would like to feel as though you fit in with the crowd. Here is a quick guide of some words and phrases that might help out all of us as we continually explore this wonderfully rich area. See how many you’ve heard:
1. Outen the lights = Turn the lights out.
2. Red up your room = Clean up your room.
3. It’s spritzing out = It’s raining out.
4. Cellar = Basement
5. Is the milk all? = Is the milk gone?
6. I’m going to the car nah onse. = I’m going to the car now.
7. Philly = Philadelphia
8. The State Store = Liquor store
9. ‘Wooder’ = Water
10. Slippy = Slippery
11. Left the dog out = Let the dog out.
12. Look here wunst = Look here a moment.
13. It feels close out = It feels hot/humid out.
14. I’m coming with = I’m coming with you.
15. ‘Macadam’ road = Asphalt paved road
16. Jimmies = Sprinkles for ice cream
17. Ruts = Roots(As in Roots market…check it out sometime!)
18. Dutch = Early German settlers
Simple Pronunciation Guide:
1. Lancaster: LANK -iss-ter (It is not LAND-caster)
2. Ephrata: EF-ruh-tuh
3. Lititz: LIT-its (It is Not LIE-TITS)
4. AAAH -mish – Not AIM ish or AM ish.
5. Intercourse (the town) – Just leave that one alone.