TALKIN' LIKE THE LOCALS
I love the way a regional accent or slang can mess with the already oh-so screwy English language. Here are some of my Jersey faves.
- •Jeet?My personal favorite. Because it's not as simple as "ya eat?" - that would be "yeet?" This phrase, fully drawn out is, "did you eat yet?" And if a mom is asking it there also an implied "sit down while I fix you something" tacked on at the end. 👌🏼
- •Down the shore"You guys goin' down the shore this weekend?"
- •Your guys'sAs in, "is this pizza your guys's?" Ugh, I am still so shamefully guilty of slipping up and using this. If only I lived further south and a simple "y'all's" would do.
- •HoagieNot a sub, hero, grinder or anything else but a hoagie.
- •ShoobieNot grammatically wrong just made up and not exclusive to NJ. But we say it a lot. All I know is if you 1️⃣ Drive on the highway in the left lane going 10 under the speed limit 2️⃣ Wear socks with sandals and/or a beach chair on your back 3️⃣ Feed the seagulls 4️⃣ Act like the beach was invented for your own personal vacay, then you are a shoobie and PLEASE GO HOME. (Also thank you for helping to sustain our local economy. 😁)
- •Love yasJust a tad lazy. As if saying "love you" to each person or "love you all" is just right over the edge of exhausting. My SILs even text it.
- •Custard & JimmiesNOT soft serve and sprinkles. That's just gross.
- •The "Iggles"My mom's parents both grew up in Philly and it has been an endless source of decades of joy for us grandkids to make my Mom-mom say "Eagles." I can't even figure out how to type it.