How to Speak “County”
Don’t be shy, speak the local language. Perhaps because The County has been somewhat isolated, over time the locals have developed their own jargon. Below is a list of County expressions.
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.”
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”
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.
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?”
The County version of helpful suggestion.
For example “Since Ethel lost her teeth she might better stay away from the corn.”
Submitted by Heather
“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’.”
Anne’s note: Same applies to Black River, or Black Creek – known to the locals as Black Crick.
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