Sunday, October 24, 2010

Infinitives are overrated

The Trib has an iteration of the recurrent story on the Pittsburgh dialect.

Am I wrong about something?  I swear that for most of my life the term was Yunzer, with a "U".  Yet it is always Yinzer these days.  I really think it all comes from the "New Yinzer" magazine and their misspelling (or mis-hearing) of the colloquial.  But I am not a linguist, so what do I know? 


Blogger Ms. Monongahela, Ms. Chief Editor said...

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Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:52:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. Monongahela, Ms. Chief Editor said...

If you watch some of the game videos from the "Steelers Dynasty" days back in the '70s, you'll see the fans holding up signs that read "YOUNS." I haven't been able to trace back any earlier variations on the word, but I'm always nebbin' around for them.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:54:00 PM  
Blogger etwilson said...

I've lived here for twenty years and have never heard anything but 'yinz' and 'yinzer'.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 9:17:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Yinzer : Yunzer :: Schlemiel : Schalmazel.

(:/: Tomato : Tomahto)

Sunday, October 24, 2010 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Bram, this is more important than the whole parking thing..

anyway, for those who doubt me. I had not seen this before:

There is a as well, but sure seems to be of much younger authorship.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger john b said...

I also have wondered about Yinz, my mom and dad as well as grandparents always corrected me that it was YUNZ.

Possible sub-demographic here. For reference grandparents Slovaks from Monessen-Charleroi parents were raised in Greensburg and Turtle Creek. Might be a SE Regional thing since their circle of friends ran from Canonsburg to Uniontown and Mt. Pleasant but never into the city or Beaver/Butler/Armstrong. Might Yinz be a more urban/western/northern phenom?

Monday, October 25, 2010 4:38:00 AM  

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