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Speaking Newfanese

25 Jun

This post made me laugh quite a bit! And I so recommend you read the other posts there. Take my word for it — you won’t regret it, plus you’ll find yourselves smiling a bit more too! — tk

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DSC_0023ARNewfie Graffiti

The Newfoundland dialect is a constant source of amusement for us as we make our way around this intriguing province.  It apparently differs slightly from town to town and locals in any given area can spot outsiders or pinpoint one’s lineage in some way that will forever remain a mystery to us Mainlanders.

Newfies generally greet each other thusly:  “Howya gettin’ on?” If a male Newfie is greeting another male, it amends slightly to “Howya gettin’ on, by?”  (As near as I can figure, “by” is just “boy” without the “o” and not a reference to either sexuality or mental health issues.)

Aside from local dialects, there are certain constants which distinguish Newfie speech from, well, everyone else’s:

All common uses for the letter H have been abolished in Newfoundland.  For example, if you wanted to say something like, “I’ll take the other half of that,” you’d have…

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in On This Day

 

15 responses to “Speaking Newfanese

  1. L. Marie

    June 26, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Awesome! I follow another blog, written by someone from Newfoundland. She also includes some phrases. This is all fascinating.

     
  2. seeker

    June 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    A good friend of mine was a Newfie and she loves saying the word “for sure”.

     
    • tkmorin

      June 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

      heehee I think I’d have a difficult time really understanding a conversation … 🙂

       
      • seeker

        June 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        Got used to it. I miss her accent, for sure. 😛

         
        • tkmorin

          June 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

          For sure! 🙂 A reader sent me a YouTube video (haven’t been yet, but I will this hour) of a “newfie language” piece. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the video.

          Have a great day, P! 🙂

           
  3. Joanne

    June 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you so much for reposting – I was kinda having a blah day but not now – thanks for sharing!

     
    • tkmorin

      June 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! She’s pretty funny, isn’t she? Always glad to give away smiles! 🙂

       
  4. Leslie Welsh Robinson

    June 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    You might enjoy this video, “A Newfoundland Language Lesson”, with Mark Critch of This Hour Has 22 Minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqLuIXwsLDw

     
    • tkmorin

      June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks! I’m going to go check that out! 🙂

       
  5. michaelmulholland

    June 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Lmao…

     

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