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Pat Shingleton "Table Talk"

2 years 6 months 1 day ago November 25, 2014 Nov 25, 2014 Tuesday, November 25 2014 November 25, 2014 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Looking back 37 years found me at my girlfriend's home for Thanksgiving. Her "Muth-aa" informed me that I incorrectly pronounced Houston -"eweston" and humid - "u-mid." Conversation at Mom's Thanksgiving table requires an interpreter. "You have something comin' up," means an item on your schedule or an upset stomach. "Reddin' up," is a directive to straighten your room. "Am I in your road?" - is getting in someone's way and "warsh" is wash - the nation's capitol is "warshington." Thanksgiving dinner includes mashed "baa-tate-us," and the state west of Pennsylvania is "Oh-high-Ya." While, smile, pile and towel are pronounced-"wow, smow-wool, pal and tile." A "sweeper" is a vacuum and vittles today are in "push buggies" or grocery carts.

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