I know most of you are busy preparing for next week’s VCIA conference – remember to pack comfortable shoes! – so I thought I would share a few tips on “Vermont-isms” that you may hear while you are here (and, yes, they sound a lot like “Maine-isms”, but don’t say that to a Vermonter):
Jeezum Crow – Commonly used in a state of anger or surprise, but it’s less offensive than yelling “Je$@$ Ch^!$&!”
Dooryard – This is the main entry way area into the house for people. Or rather, it hasn’t been taken over by the farm and used by animals.
Mounain – Not “mountain,” it’s “mounain” (pronounced without the “t”).
By the Jesus – Often said in a state of amazement, this is another way of saying “You betcha!”
Djeet? – A quick way of asking “Did you eat?”
Creemee – Forget Ben & Jerrys! When you are in Vermont this is ice cream (although it means a soft serve).
Upta – As in “Are you going upta the mountain?”
Yahd Aht – Or “Yard Art”. You’ll find all sorts of interesting things in yards in Vermont…
Flatlander – Someone (anyone) who wasn’t born in Vermont.
Woodchuck – A guy who lives and thrives in rural Vermont. Oh, and he can probably fix just about anything.
Keow – Those are the black and white animals that provide Ben & Jerry’s their cream.
I won’t be posting for a few weeks as I will be conferencing and then going on a nice, long holiday with the fam. I look forward to seeing many of you next week, by jeezum!
Rich Smith, VCIA President