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A look at Pennsylvania dialects

Pennsylvania’s dialects are as varied as its downtowns — and dahntahnsPatriot-News

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.

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Bill Waterson of Calvin & Hobbes Q&A’d

Bill Watterson, creator of beloved ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic strip looks back with no regretPlain-Dealer (Cleveland)
There isn’t much insight from the creator of “Calvin & Hobbes” in the Q&A, but I’m posting it anyway. I haven’t read the comics regularly since “Calvin & Hobbes” and “The Far Side” went away. Let me know if anything is in their ballpark for brilliance.

H/T Kevin Reiss

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Blog you should read: Rules for My Unborn Son

Up until yesterday’s Q&A with We Love DC, I was unaware of 1,001 Rules for My Unborn Son. Written by D.C. resident Walker Lamond, the blog presents rules for a male to grow up and live by with a late 1950s/early 1960s white collar urban sensibility of masculinity and style. There is a lot to like and agree with in 1,001 Rules for My Unborn Son. The site features the rules as well as complementary quotations and photographs. The tagline is “Let’s get some things straight before I get old and uncool.” Rules can also be submitted via email and I have a few in mind.

A book is also coming out today and it will be on my Christmas List this year.

Lemond now has a son too.

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LOC Baseball Americana symposium to feature my former professor, Russell Frank

COMM Blog, the official blog of the College of Communications at Penn State (my alma mater), informed me that my former ethics professor Russell Frank will a panelist at Baseball Americana on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at teh Library of Congress

Panel One: At Home
Even those of us who love a day out at the ballgame probably spend more of our baseball time in and around our homes, with our families, friends and neighbors. This panel explores the many ways we enjoy baseball at home, from watching it on TV, to following our favorite players and their all-important statistics, to playing baseball, softball and stickball in parks and city streets.

Moderator: David Taylor, American Folklife Center
Russell Frank, folklorist
Harry Katz, former head curator of LC Prints & Photographs
Claire Smith

When I was an undergrad, Dr. Frank and I used to talk about baseball, we’re both Yankees fans, quite a bit. I am hoping to get there tomorrow and see the panel.

I will also note that Dr. Frank has a column again, (this week he talks about his “first” Yankees jersey) now on statecollege.com. I have been meaning to mention that lately. I almost emailed him about the Key Bridge jumper saga as well.

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