This commercial is for Newfoundland tourism, and talks about all the dialects we have back home. I know there’s people I met from back home that I couldn’t understand. And I know out near Port aux Port they speak with french accents, even if they don’t speak french. I also remember my buddy Dave Quinton telling me he met people out there that spoke with french sentence structure. “Throw the baby down over the stairs a bottle” was one such expression.
But we also have more sayings and word usages that are unique, and for most of us we probably don’t even realize it. Not gonna define these, but I’m sure all Newfoundlanders will recognize them, you CFA‘s ask if you want to know!
- I’m gonna give you a klout up the side of the head!
- Poverty, and the devil throwing rocks at it.
- you’re some stunned
- where you longs to?
- your hair is like a birch broom in the fits!
- Now d’wonce
- born tired
- I’m gutfounded!
- Lard dyin! You got the stove on siz, take the side outta her!
- whoever knit you dropped a stitch
- what odds?
- I squat all me chips!
- De arse is gone right outta her
- Caplin weather
- Mauzy old day
- he’s some hard ticket
- you’re gonna get a tannin (thanks Eric)
I know there’s a ton not coming to mind now, I’ll update this one sometimes, and comment on any you remember!
Raised in outport Newfoundland in a town of 65 people, I pursued a post secondary diploma in Information Technology right out of High School.
I’ve always been a geek at heart, but yet I love the rural life I grew up with. Fishing, hunting, camping and the great outdoors are still loves of mine, even if I don’t pursue them as often as I once did. Sports were always a big part of our lives, and I played many (badly) and loved them all.
- Peace, Serenity, and Put PutWaking up and looking out over the waters of Smith’s Sound, you can really believe you can hear the world breathing. Its so still, the blue sky and blue water, serenity. Then you hear the unmistakable sound that gave an engine its nick name, put put put goes an old Atlantic Make …
- Fish n BrewisI guess every culture/region has some of its own “weird” foods, and Newfoundland is no exception. I guess being reliant so much on fish as a locale (and by fish I mean cod, to Newfoundlanders any other fish has a name), we came up with or borrowed many unique methods …
- School MemoriesBy Barbara Smith Barbara wrote the following for a heritage site I was trying to get going. Unfortunately wasn’t getting interest, so I shuttered it. The post is still useful and insightful though! Back in the “really” old days, when dad (Hay Smith) was school age, the school in Aspen Brook had …
A little About Me
Some views of Halifax, and an Intro from Me