Juba, United States, West Yorkshire discussed on A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over


Well, I grew up in eastern North Carolina, as did my mother. And she also used the word Juba. I'm not sure how it spelled. But she would use it in the context of being weary of something not quite sure. Maybe thinking I'm a little skeptical of that. So, and so here's it often. That sounds just about right. She would not be alone in that. It's a pronunciation of dubious. And Juba says had multiple spellings. Do you be U.S.? You are more likely to hear it in the American south, but there are forms of it known in a various English dialects. And in Scotland, so west Yorkshire Cheshire and shropshire. And it's got evidence of 200 years of use in the United States. So yeah, all meaning kind of doubtful or suspicious. I'm dubious about Tom. I believe he's going out with a young woman for how he's put on his Sunday suit twice this week. That's a quote from one of my dictionaries. Well, that's interesting because that's exactly the context, which she used it, and she has departed. Unfortunately, but she was of Scottish heritage her maiden name was grant. How about that? Sometimes you might hear Juba Rus JU BER OUS or guber or an all of these are goobies, all of these are variations on dubious. Some of them are spread outside of the south, like you might hear those latter ones in New England. But they're all just basically dialect pronunciations of dubious with hundreds of years of history going back to the old world. That is interesting. A synonym is duper some if you'd like to go that direction. I like that. I like that. Right, and how is that spelled? This guy who says he's going to fix my car for $50. I just don't think he's going to do a good job. And you certainly wouldn't do a good job today for $50. Hey, Alan, thanks so much for calling. Thank you all. It's been an absolute pleasure, and I enjoy your show. Thank you so much. Take care of us again sometime. I will. Thank you. Have a great day. You too, bye bye. All righty. Bye bye. Bye. So JU B OUS is probably the usage that he's talking about. Yeah, Jay, you are U.S.. I'm very likely heard by many people in the American south. I bet a lot of ears perked up when he said that. 877-929-9673. Smart wool merino

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