Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 09:28:39 -0500


Subject: receipt -Reply

In south central PA (PA Dutch Country), we use the variant "het up"

as in "Can I het up your coffee?" Additionally, "het up" always makes

me think of "redd up" or "redd out," as in "I've redd up your room"

said to a guest, or "I've got to redd out the basement" to refer to a

need to throw out a lot of junk and clean up. I've always assumed

"redd up" follow. Thoughts?



Jeutonne Brewer brewerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NR.INFI.NET 12/6/95, 10:31pm

I have heard my mother-in-law use "receipt" for "recipe" many times.

She often self-corrected her "receipt" to "recipe," sometimes

immediately, sometimes in the next sentence or two. In other words

she recognized

"recipe" as the newer term. Another use I was fascinated to hear was

"het," as in "I het the water for you."

She lived in Arkansas all her life until she moved to NC to live with

my husband and me after she retired. Now 93 years old, she was in her

60s when she made this move.

An afterword:

I have found this a strange note to write, one that like many other

things makes English tenses an interesting topic. I was "forced" to

shift tense in the first paragraph because I used to be able to hear

her use many interesting expressions. She is alive but not well and

no longer able to talk to us. I think a fascinating language and

discourse topic concerns what happens when (and if) the elderly lose

their linguistic capability? I just realized as I was writing this

note that an equally interesting topic is what happens in the

speech/writing of the researcher who in an ethnograpic sense shifts

in and out of different contexts, time frames, and linguistic as well

as personal relationships. I have written about the first topic but

not the second topic. Well, I have gotten way off the original topic

for this message.


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