Concrete Proof Grace is from Philadelphia

Philadelphia English from a Portlander: Yous
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If I ever lose Grace’s birth certificate and cannot obtain a back-up, this spelling practice test is awesome proof that she was born in the Philadelphia-area and spent the first three years of her life there, yea?

The spelling word? Use.

The sentence example I gave: I need to use a knife to chop this onion. (That’s some stellar working mom multi-tasking right there – making dinner and telling the story of how I am making dinner to help practice spelling with my First Grader.)

What she wrote? Yous.

The only thing more perfect would have been if the next word on her list was “guys”. That would’ve nailed. Whadda yous guys think?

Non-Philadelphia friends, this wiki gives greater insight into Philadelphia English and may help you interpret some of the things that come out of my mouth. Enjoy. 🙂

As for Grace, I can only hope she keeps a tiny bit of her birthplace in her heart always – even subconsciously. And doesn’t taint the rest of her class with her original dialect. 😉

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