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The term Pegged it, in Essex means some one ran away, but the same term in Suffolk means some one died, so you can see theres plenty of space for confusion.
Now my main gripe, I dislike the Norfolk accent, in fact I hate.
They have a god awful phrase 'It craze me it do' which when translated means 'its driving me mad'.
I hate it but hear it frequently as im working Norfolk presently.
So what are your pet hates thens ?
Joe: "Good day to drink beer, heyna Tom"
The origin is debated but in my opinion it comes from another non word "ain't" combined with it. "Ain't it". The pronunciation has evolved to the short version, the first part is usually pronounced like hay and the last part is a simple na "hay-na".
It's hard not to say it because its so ingrained, its even joked about locally. You often get weird looks from people not from the area when you utter this word... "#*$! did you just say?" .... :)
So if you're ever in Northeastern Pennsylvania and hear this uttered you'll know what it means.
"So I went up to the bar and Jim said, 'Do you want a beer?' As li' a', aye! So he got me a beer and as li' a', 'Ta!'
He says, 'Do you want sit down?' and am li' a' 'aye!'. We sat down and big John came in, 'he's li' a', 'how are you doin'? We're li' a', 'Alright big man'."
It sounds terrible, and some people cannot speak without using this. I dread to think what people from outside the area think of it?
Get Ill - Southern U.S. Means to get angry. As in, "I'm a fixin to get ill".
Jacked up - U.S. All over the place. Means messed up, FUBAR or broken. Not sure about the evolution of that one. Came into being about the time car-jackings became popular, but doesn't have the same meaning. But, if someone jacks yer car, that's jacked up.
Snap - Teenspeak I think it means that an insult was a particularly good one. As in, "Your momma's so fat, Krispy Kreme calls her to tell her the hot sign is on". And the rest of the crowd chimes in with "Snap!".
The equivalent in U.S. teen-speak is "I'm like" -- meaning "I said."
"And the teacher said, 'where's your homework?' and I'm like, 'Oh, the dog ate it!' And she's like, 'Well, you can't pass this course if you don't turn it in by tomorrow.'"
That one drives me crazy simply because it is so over-used. Otherwise, I love these "regionalisms" and idioms. Rather than letting them bother me, I enjoy them for what they are: people declaring, "We're not all the same!"
Speaking of accents, an old observation I stumbled across the other day (probably only Americans will appreciate the truth of this) . . . .
The quantity of consonants in (the American version of) the English language is constant. If omitted in one place, they turn up in another. When a Bostonian "pahks" his "cah," the lost r's migrate southwest, causing a Texan to "warsh" his car and
invest in "erl wells."
So what are your pet hates thens ?
[edited by: vincevincevince at 3:12 pm (utc) on May 5, 2008]
"I saw you last night, by the way."
"What time is it, by the way."
"I'm going to the game tomorrow, by the way."
This can be annoying but it can also be quite funny to listen to a conversation ;iberally peppered with this when the participants don't even realise they are doing it.
"Pegged it" has always meant "died" here in Scotland too. I always took it to have its roots in the game of cribbage, a once popular pub card game. When you peg out in cribbage you are finished - the game is over, etc. Perhaps I am wrong?
I've always thought the term "pegged it" meant you got something exactly right.
When a husband or wife says "we're pregnant". That is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
Umm...what else would you say? The child belongs to both of them after all...
So do you also say things like:
Our period is late this month.
I wish we could get rid of these cramps.
These heels are really killing our feet.
Our water just broke.
The wife is pregnant. The husband is not. I take it you like this phrase. So by all means don't let me stop you from using it. Just be aware that people like me will smile politely at the news and then mentally file your face and name and place them in the same storage area of our brains where we put people who drive under the speed limit or leave their Christmas lights up until July.