The bottom line is few kitchen tables can be as linguistically cluttered as a Pennsylvania table when the family comes to town.
Based solely upon pronunciation and grammar, researchers generally split the United States into a number of linguistic regions. Those regions come together in Pennsylvania — which makes the state kind of a crossroads of the English language.
Thanks in part to immigration patterns and relative geographic isolation, Pennsylvania is home to six — count’em six — distinct English dialects.
My Pennsylvania friends and readers may enjoy the article linked above. It would be fun to learn more about linguistics.
I’m pretty sure the greater DC dialect, if it exists, if the most homogenized in the United States. I think there used to be a distinct dialect for D.C.’s gold coast, but that is probably just about gone.
Oh and its soda, not pop. More on that sometime soon.
Friday, I went my first (only?) Washington Capitals game of the season. It was an uninspiring effort that saw a 0-0 game in the first period quickly turn into a 3-0 New York Rangers lead. The Caps were playing without passion and the Rangers rather easily converted little mistakes into goals. Goalie Michael Neuvirth did not have a good game, but what was in front of him was the bigger problem. Though the Caps got goals from Troy Brouwer, John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin (first at home), they still lost 6-3. We pondered the fate of Bruce Boudreau after the game, so after Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres I was not shocked this morning when I learned that Bourdreau had been fired and replaced with another rookie NHL head coach, Caps legend Dale Hunter. That is certainly a transition that fans can approve of based on sentimentality, but I don’t know if Hunter’s perceived toughness in the locker room can be enough to get the Caps to the elite they should have reached already.
Surely, there are those who believe that Ovechkin, who was clearly not on the same page of Boudreau, is a coach-killer. Maybe he is, I would not argue otherwise. However, I’m beginning to wonder, if I am a coach killer myself too.
I have now seen the final home games of 3 D.C. head coaches or managers:
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Turkey and all the trimmings, a fire in my parents fireplace and football on TV is makes for America’s greatest holiday. We rule.
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YES, SIR, OFFICER OBIE, I CANNOT TELL A LIE, I PUT THAT ENVELOPE UNDER THAT GARBAGE:
Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is one of my Thanksgiving traditions, I usually hear it on DC 101, but I got out the door late. I always work on Thanksgiving (time & half, plus the holiday pay!) before heading over to my parents house. After I get there, I always have my turkey before my turkey
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I am not the pro football fan I was before college, but I love me some NFL on Thanksgiving. The resurgent Detroit Lions host the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Good to see the Lions doing well, because the talk of them losing their Thanksgiving game was unfortunate. The second game is the Miami Dolphins visiting the Dallas Cowboys, so get ready for lots of references to this:
The one downside of the first two games are the likely throwbacks to be worn by the home teams. The Cowboys will be wearing blue fauxbacks from 1960 that remind you why they changed to their silver helmet and white at home look. The Lions will probably just wear utterly plan helmets and jerseys. What they ought to wear is anything from 1964 or so to 2008.
Sadly, Nickelback will play the halftime show of the first game. Why not have a crappy Detroit band instead of a crappy Canadian band?
The night game is the San Francisco 49ers coached by Jim Harbaugh visiting the Baltimore Ravens coached by Jon Harbaugh. Nice. Hard to believe it took the NFL until the 21st century to figure out people might want to watch more football after dinner. The Ravens don’t have
There is a William Shatner safety deep fried turkey video out this year, but I much prefer the UL one that didn’t need CGI to remind us that overfilled
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CARVING THE BIRD
The best way I have seen to carve a turkey came from this 2008 Times video:
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YOU CAN START THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS WHEN ED McMAHON SAYS SO (WITHOUT SAYING IT)
Thanksgiving means that Christmas is coming. As far as I am concerned, there should be no mention of Christmas until the late third quarter (when I used to eat a turkey leg on the couch) of the Cowboys game when the “Holiday Greetings from Budweiser” came on
They ran it until 1996 and I think they broke the social contract when they replaced Ed.