After posting the article “Things Owensboroans Say”, it sparked quite a little conversation on Owensboro Living’s Facebook page. Apparently we need a part two.
David Malone, Luke Hardy, Jamie Stogsdill, and Kathy Sherman find it very annoying when people call “Breckenridge” Street “Brackenridge.”
Cori Carter correctly added that “we are the only ones who call garbage cans ‘toters’ and knit hats ‘sock caps.’” She never realized that until she moved away. Funny how that happens.
I’ve also heard several Owensboro folks put an “r” in the word “wash.” It’s not every day, but occasionally I will hear of someone “warshing” their laundry or car. Then some of us drop the “l” for no reason at all, according to Angela Sanchez. As in “a five year ode” or a “bow” of soup. (See!… it’s true isn’t it! Oops, I meant, “idn’t” it? Sorry.)
I’ve also taken a non-official tally and noticed that Owensboroans are about 50/50 on the pronunciation of Thruston. Incidentally, it could be said “Thruston Durmont Road” as it’s spelled or “Thurston (as in “thirstin”) Dermont Road.” Either way. Listen, you’ll see.
Jamie Stogsdill also chimed back in with this one: “We don’t say ‘the big dipper’. It’s just ‘the dipper.’” But my friend TJ’s mom will put a “the” in where there’s not even a “the” needed. She doesn’t go to Wal-Mart. She goes to “The Wal-Mart.”
And of course, the number one thing that ONLY Owensboroans say is…. It’s Hot Don!” Thank you Sarah Denton for that one! (Editor’s note: Of course we used that with permission because that’s actually a trademarked slogan now. That Don Moore is one smart guy!)