“I’m sluffing class”Uh, the English word is
"sloughing", originally meaning to shed or get rid of dead skin, but
generalized to mean getting rid of something unwanted or unnecessary. It dates
back 200 years or so. Not unique to or originating in Utah. "I've got shotgun!"Seriously? I grew up with this as
a non-Mormon in Southern California half a century ago. The general American
usage (with respect to cars) dates to the 1950s. Nothing particularly
"Utahn" about it. On the other hand, that double-consonant
thing? ("kit-ten") I have adult children approaching middle age who
lived in Utah when young, have lived outside of Utah most of their adult lives,
and still do that.
Furh-git it! Dang!Mute point (also outside of UT but the norm here
IMO)Battrey (at least my mom said that - but she could have brought it
from rural Colorado as a kid)Oh, and lest we forget, I know these
things because I'm from... ...Eeuu-taw.
When we built small wooden structures in trees as kids in California we called
them tree forts. In Utah they are called tree huts.
I went to BYU for a year in 1960-61. I was from Boise.I was
astounded at hearing things like I LAK Riden HARSES, American FARK, popCARN,
GOIN down TUH Saint JARGE. But my mother said CARN (grew up is southern
Idaho).I've traveled through and worked in nearly every US
state. New York accent is the worst in my opinion, very nasal. Wisconsin and
Minneapolis has a unique nasal accent (the movie Fargo does a good job with that
accent). The good ol' Dixie accent has all but died out. Texas drawl still
exists ...But the American TV accent is slowly destroying regional
In St. George some people played a horpsicard, not a harpsichord. My mother was
from the New England area. When she met my father in New York, she thought that
his name, Moroni, was the most beautiful man's name she ever heard. But she
had a hard time before she learned that forming was really farming.
TAS, it's interesting, I lived in American Fork from 1996 through last
year, among a lot of old folks you would expect to speak with that accent, but
I have NEVER heard that pronunciation, except when someone was joking.
With regard to "Lay-un" and "moun-un," don't forget the
distinct glottal stop between the two syllables. That's quintessential
Totally from Utah if you end any conversation with:Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!
More things seem to be "for sell" in Utah than in other states I've
Saying ‘tuh’ Instead of ‘to’‘Pray for
moisture’‘Home’ instead of ‘house’ (people
in Utah buy a home, not a house)
Do you have fry sauce!
From Paysun, "Oh my word!" "ruff" Helped my dad on the ruff.
Don't forget that: mountain = mou-ENLayton = lay-UNcrayon
= crahnhundred = HUN-erdmirror = meerand we all go "up to
Fetch, we have also taken the term "you bet" or "you betcha" to
a new level - at least on Sundee!
@ TAS - Tehachapi, CAlol I love it that is funny oh and by the way I
am also from Tehachapi!!!
I recall being shocked that one of my dignified and well educated teacher
coworkers in Utah pronounced "tourist" as tor-ist. And when a cousin
visited me (from Colorado) and pronounced "Hurricane" as if it were a
storm, I thought it was funny because by that time I was sounding like I was
from Utah too. Later I acquired a daughter-in-law from Hurricane and now I can
hardly say that name as if it is a storm. One of the first times I heard "Oh
my heck" it was uttered by the grandson of a prophet, who was in our
carpool. I assumed it must be acceptableAs a child, I learned
Spanish in Costilla County, Colorado. I didn't know enough to be
proficient, and when I took Spanish at BYU, I learned that the Spanish I learned
in Costilla County was entirely different. Locality dialects are fascinating!
@LoveToRide - Actually, creek is pronounced "crick" in more parts of the
country than just Utah - a quick Google Search on "creek vs crick" will
give you the background. I grew up outside Utah and heard "crick" used
more frequently than I have ever heard since moving here. But this all reminds
me of an old story I heard when I was much younger. Back in the 30's a
USGS mapping team was gathering information to update their topographic maps in
a rural part of the US. The young team lead asked an "old-timer" what a
small creek in the area was called. He told the team that everyone around there
just called it "the crick". When the map was finally published, the
old-timer bought one to see how it turned out. He noticed that the creek was
now labeled "Crick Creek". He scratched his head and said, "Wonder
why that smart young feller got it backwards?"
I am a proud graduate of Brigham Young Universty
I'm from American Fark where they feed carn to harses.
I’ve heard that “creek” is commonly pronounced
“crick” around parts in Utah.