Vermonters are Stingey with Syllables
While today’s young Vermonters favor the glottal stop: mount- ain, import-ant, apart-ment, hunt-in’ and fish-in’, etc., older Vermonters tend to avoid unnecessary syllables, favoring the terser elision.
Can you match the Vermont expression with its meaning?
- Din’tcha know? Clean out cow gutters.
- Whassat? What’s everyone excited about?
- ’Cha doin” Believe it or not.
- ’Chupta? I wouldn’t if I were you.
- Go’in’ out? Better not to do that.
- Bes’n’ do ’at. Didn’t you know?
- B’leefe it ’er not. What are you doing?
- Times-it? I would never do that.
- S’fer dinner? Have you eaten yet?
- Et yet? What are you up to?
- Ain’tcha eatin? Are the cows in the pasture?
- Woon’t if I was yourin’. What’s her name?
- T’chu gun do now? What’s for dinner?
- Girls out? What are you going to do now?
- Wha’s all th’citement ’bout? Aren’t you eating?
- Woon’t ever do’at. What is that?
- Shovel shit You going out?
- S’er name? What time is it?