The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Going Dutch

May 21, 2014

March Winds Bring April Shar-ers - Part 1

FEBRUARY, WITH ITS SHTIVERS, HAS ARRIVED, and soon March winds will be roaring over the hills and rattling your windows. And that is the time when you might hear a Pennsylvania Dutch person say, “I hope the wind lays itself overnight.” You can almost picture the wind curling into itself like a warm, contented cat, can you not?

Those March winds will bring April shar-ers, of course. If you’re not from rural Pennsylvania, it might wonder you — excuse me, you might wonder — what a shar-er is, until the sky erupts in great big drops of rain and your Dutchified neighbor says, “It wondered me if it would give a shar-er.”

April shar-ers will bring May flar-ers. Many gardeners grow competitive with their flar-er beds, wanting their tulips to be taller

than their neighbor’s. Or, as a Dutchified person might say it: to have more heighth. It may not be the correct word but you have to admit — length, width, heighth — it makes sense. Describing distance can be equally puzzling when talking to a Pennsylvania Dutch person. Is it farther, further, or futher? The family I’m neighbors with lives futher down the road. They sell flar-ers at their produce stand, which is a little futherer along, just past their house. If you go all the way to the futherest house on the road, they sell flar-ers, too. But theirs don’t have much heighth to them.

SHTIVERS - Snow squalls or flurries

I HOPE THE WIND LAYS ITSELF. - I hope the wind dies down.

SHAR-ERS - Showers

FLAR-ERS - Flowers

IT WONDERS ME. - I wonder.

HEIGHTH - Height

FUTHER - Farther or further


WUNST - Once

Note: All spellings are phonetic.


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