October 14, 2009

Days 'o the Week

By accident, Elisson guessed this next topic of language in the comments of my last language post. By the way, I do say jewlry, and Feb-you-ary. I also say skool. I hear people saying skoowil, and it's one smooth word for me.

There are, however, no 'r's' in my Washington. Creeks are CrEEk and not crick and there is not an L in Chimney.

All things I've heard through the years.

But what brought this about, was I was speaking to my sister, Mo, about her lack of "h" in "wh" when she said, "You say something else that always makes me laugh and I wonder where you got it from."

I was puzzled. "Really?" I replied, "What is it?"

She said, "Say the days of the week for me..."

And I started off, "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday..."

She stopped, "There!"

"Wait, where?"

"Do it again..."

So I started again, "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..."

"Stop! Say it... the third day."

To which I replied, "Winsdy"

And she started to laugh.

She said, "I have no idea where you get that from, but you say Winsdy. No Winsday or Wensdy or Wensday, but WINsdy."

And I do. I mulled over the days of the week all night, spontaneously saying them to figure out... "How DO I say the days of the week?

I in fact say, "Mondy, Tuesdy, Winsdy, Thursdy", but then skip to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

No clue why.

My folks happened to be passing through her place yesterday and when she spoke to me she said, "You get this Winsdy stuff from Dad."

I said, "He says WINSDY, like I do?"

And she said, "Well, he definitely ends everything in dy. Mom and I don't..."

So there you have it. The family is split once again, with my bro being the only one I don't know about. He, btw, told me it depends on where he is, with whom he is speaking, and what he is doing as to whether (whhhether) the H is pronounced.

A quick update on Bones, he passed his Hoot test, the answer was really 'stand in place for two hours', but he didn't remember that choice, and his one teacher really does hate him, but he started it. Let's see if she can be a big girl now and move on. Fortunately he only sees her once or twice a week.

He's been reprimanded and action has been taken, but I suspect that she will be childish and not let a little boy be a little boy and learn from a mistake... she will hold it over his head.

We shall see...

Posted by Boudicca at October 14, 2009 05:02 PM

I say Winsdy as well; sounds southern. Or at least slightly tangy. Same goes for jewlry and skool. Can't imagine saying them any other way, actually.

How do other people pronounce them?

Posted by: Pam at October 14, 2009 10:59 PM

When I'm not in hyperprofessional mode, I slide into "MUN-dee ... TOOS-dee" etc. "Day" becomes "Dee."

Posted by: Jim - PRS at October 15, 2009 01:21 AM

Pam- Jewelry, pronounced properly I think, is three syllables. For me, it is two. School for some is two syllables, but for me is one. I think some people also softly pronounce the H, sc hool. I don't. For me, it is literally just skool, which I think as well, is Southern. Properly speaking, no accent, I think jew-el-ry and sc-hool are the most correct.

As for Wednesday, there are sites all over the internet talking about how people pronounce it, and I'm not so sure it's really southern in some cases. I think the WIN part IS southern. But the rest... I'm not sure.

I say winsdy, but there is winzdy, wenzdy, wensdy, and then of course all that with the 'day' ending. And from what I read, the Scots say wed-nes-day. (Our friends on the other side of the Pond can tell us that!)

Jim- I actually don't think the dy is regional either from what I read, in particular now as you're a Joisey guy and I'm more Gulf Coast Southern. My accent is very light southern, although it does depend sometimes with whom I'm speaking. I've been told I sound British, German, Southern... Midwestern. Anyway, I've read people over in Britain say it different ways as well... both dy and day.

Posted by: bou at October 15, 2009 05:49 AM

My husband's German relative laugh and say I sound "Japanese"? They are the ONLY ones who say that, not sure where that comes from...
skool, jewlry, winsday

Posted by: patti at October 15, 2009 07:52 AM

oh - and good for bones :)
i am constantly reminding my boy he must answer from what was in the book, not what he might think otherwise, know otherwise, or create in his own head otherwise...

Posted by: patti at October 15, 2009 07:54 AM

I get a lot of grief for my canadian accent.
Curious, since I've never lived in Canada.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at October 15, 2009 09:36 AM

Funny- most people tell me I have NO accent.
And I like it that way.

In '08 in Canada (Nova Scotia) for three weeks, my cousin, on the day we were to leave, heard me say, 'Ya'll' and she went beserk! "Ah Ha! I've waited all this time to hear you speak like an Okie and you finally did!'

My mother answered her, 'She did that for emphasis. She doesn't usually say it.'

And she's right.

But- Bou- how do YOU pronounce HANGER as in something you place clothes on? (iow- g or no g?, that is the question!)

Posted by: Rave at October 15, 2009 02:18 PM

Rave- I pronounce it like the word hang with an r on the end. Hang-r. Does that make sense?

Posted by: bou at October 15, 2009 04:06 PM

boys....I have to go get hair dye early this month, as the grey is moving to the hairline...

or do or is it grhay?

Posted by: AWTM at October 15, 2009 06:05 PM

Uhh...what? :)

Posted by: Toluca Nole at October 15, 2009 09:12 PM