How to Speak “County”

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Picton only has one main street, and no matter which way you approach from, it’s always uphill. Rather than saying “downtown” County residents go “upstreet” to go shopping.

For example “I took my ma upstreet to buy a newspaper.”

Horn Trip

To party in a car; driving around back roads of Prince Edward County drinking beverages; refers to a particular route in the county.

For example “What’d you do Saturday night?”
“The Hayloft was full so we went Horn Tripping”

Mailbox Baseball

When the Hayloft is closed or full of tourists, or if you’re flat broke and can’t afford beverages for horn-tripping, recreation takes on a different attitude. The annual unofficial tournament of mailbox baseball was the scourge of rural residents in the 60’s and 70’s, but popularity waned when the province imposed its seatbelt legislation, making the physical act of swinging a baseball bat out the passenger window of a moving vehicle physically next to impossible and pricey if you got caught by the local cop.

Cow Tippin

Just like it sounds. Not necessarily restricted to cows, but they are in fact easier to tip than goats and far less ornery than bulls. Something to do in the off season when the Hayloft is closed, you have no money for beer and you lost your driver’s license for playing mailbox baseball.


Off the island, this is pronounced “a cross” but in the County, drop the extra ‘s’ and substitute with a ‘t’. No logical explanation. Also heard as a regular part of speech in parts of Windsor and Essex County.

For example “Did you see that elephant go acrost the road?”

Might Better

The County version of helpful suggestion.

For example “Since Ethel lost her teeth she might better stay away from the corn.”

I am from Toronto and used to have a part-time place in the county. During the years we were in the county we made some really great ‘local’ friends and neighbours. My husband and I used to tease our friends about some of the things they would say as it sounded so strange to us being from the city. One of the things that comes to mind is our friend telling us that the Consecon Lake used to be a “crick”. We weren’t sure what that meant until we figured out that what they were actually saying was ‘creek’.
Submitted by Heather
Administrator’s note: Same applies to Black River, or Black Creek – known to the locals as Black Crick

Do you know of any local sayings that should be added to this page? Reply below with your suggestions.

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  1. hahahaha might better… it is so true…. only in the county :P

  2. Cow tipping is a complete myth.

  3. jim you have just spoiled our holiday we were hoping to see cow tipping,hahaha.

  4. Thing is, cow tipping is a myth, but the other items have some basis in fact.
    Should note tho, a “Horn Trip” extends from Picton down to Cressy back thru Waupoos to Picton. To be official, it requires not just any beverage, but beer. A case of 24 to be exact. Take as much time and as many people as you need. LOL

    • Also known as the six and six lol

    • Also requires a stop at Black Crick for some curd

  5. Unless of course, the cow in question is tipsy. ;-)

  6. I was born in the county, a true county girl. I was never waited on by a cow so never needed to tip one.

  7. @ jim hair. Re:cow tipping a myth…. I’m guessin cuz ‘you personally’ never done it…. Try it, watch out for bulls they don’t give as easily. Need a few guys r’ gals, sneek up in the dark and ya push them ove – they flip right over on ther bak’s… Lol

  8. to Jim…24 beers in a case..24 hours in a day…Co-incidence??…mmmm I think not..

  9. One thing missing from the official “Horn Trip” description…there must be a stop on the way out at Black Crick for a bag’o’fresh curd.

  10. How about a shiveree?

  11. Johnny pole?

  12. How the word “half” is used often… Billy was about half drunk last night. That corn and tomatoes was about half good.

  13. The most famous saying in the county and only in the county
    ” DOOR YARD “

    • Jeff, please explain door yard. Having just moved here, I am still trying to figure out mudroom.

    • Oops that was explained below.

  14. We used to go fishing at the CRICK (creek).
    In the spring dad trapped MUSHRATS (muskrats).
    A TOURIST is someone that has moved into the county but they haven’t lived there for 3 generations.
    If you are going to the POND you are ging to Gull Pond at Pointe Petre.
    We drove to POINT PETER to go fishing not (Petri).

  15. My 4 th great grandfather settled in the County before 1800 and along with his wife are buried in the Conger Burying ground just off hwy 41 near Picton. Many’s the time I heard one or other of my male relatives talk about “peeing off the back stoop” or, when asking about something say, “now answer me this”.

  16. Now, while ‘horn trippin’ you may find yourself ‘pot hole inspecting’. Which can go on for hours. You’ll know when you might better go home when you start cow tripping and horn tipping, resulting in peeing on your own shoes!
    God bless the promised land!

  17. Oh my gosh! I say all of those things and didn’t know they were unique to the Conty lol

  18. It’s pronounced “Coun’y”.

  19. What about “header”. As in “might better header down waupoos way”

  20. ” on accident”. I.e., “I broke that glass on accident”.

  21. Door Yard – the part of the yard that is in front of your door
    Chimley – a chimney

  22. Born and raised in the County…I did not hear ~ door yard~ until I moved to New Brunswick where it’s used quite a bit.

  23. Anyone out there tell me what a ” dooryard” is?

  24. I am from the County & have been told we have a distinctive accent. I say all those things , I am proud of my heritage.

  25. I’ve been coming to the County for vacation (holiday) for the past 45 years and horn tripping with our friends in the 80s was our favorite pastime.
    (Crick is country slang. I know several people in the states that say it.)

  26. Hey Reggie,
    Any domers near them chimleys !
    (county dormers)

  27. Had no idea “might better” was County. I say that all of the time. LOL. And cow tipping- absolutely real.

  28. Cow tippin in fact is real! I always say let’s header up street lol. Point Peter is the best place to be in the summer…county is couny and the horn trip route indeed goes through Cressy and waupoos. I’m almost certain every single couny saying I’ve said daily :) also, I’ve always said door yard.

  29. My County friends don’t go for a country walk, they go, “back the lane.”

  30. I resided in Prince Edward County for 26 years until I moved away to London Ontario. Yes, I used those redneck sayings as well, now, looking back on those sayings they are hilarious !!! When I come back home to visit I still hear many old sayings & have a lot of laughs, we city folks are no different with our lingo. I hear a lot of redneck talk while riding on London transit. Here is one to add to your list …. I was boarding the transit and I almost bumped my beaner!! You can take this gal out of the country but you cannot take the country out of this gal.

  31. Dad always had some interesting sayings. He would say that he “was fixin” on going into town to get something. Would prefer to go “fishin’ when it was “cam” out. Cow tippin was real as did when he was a kid. Always went to the crik to get some cheese.

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