New Yersey


Many moons ago, I traveled to Waga Waga, Australia.  City so nice they named it twice.  Locals would ask me where I was from, and when I said New Jersey, more than one said, “Oh, the capital of New York?”

This happened so often I finally just said, “Yes, the capital of New York.”

Of course, NYC is another city so nice they named it twice.

In a way, they weren’t too far off with that observation.  Some consider New Jersey to be the suburbs of New York, and we do have a lot in common.

We’ve adopted a lot of New York phrases that may have no resonance anywhere else in the world.

When someone cuts me off in traffic, I mutter, “Jamoch!”  I don’t know what a jamoch is exactly;  I do know it doesn’t mean “shnookums.”

A popular phrase we’ve co-opted from our neighbor is “Not for Nothing.”  Actually, when pronounced properly, it sounds like this:  “Na fa nuttin.”

As a word geek, you’d think such a double negative would drive me off the subway rail.  Fuhgeddaboutit!  It’s no problem.  Actually, we say, “no prah-lum.”

Alls I know is, youse guys can say what you want about New Joisey, but ya gotta admit – we always got suttin colorful to say.

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