Thursday, May 1, 2008

"Glauvaun" sighting: American Speech

from "A Newfoundland Vocabulary," Bernard H. Porter, in American Speech, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 1963), pp. 297-301

"Four centuries of settlement enrich Newfoundland vocabulary with idioms of unusual literary value, original and picturesque forms, and homemade phrases of direct simplicity, all recollecting a way of life on this continent, yet occasionally reminiscent of Ireland. More often, the forms recall a Dorset or Devon dialect lost to England three hundred years ago. Some are modifications in one way or another of British or Irish meanings; others, I recall, had spread from Newfoundland and were common during my youth in Aroostook County, in northernmost Maine."

A lexicon, including "glauvaun," follows.

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