Pennsylvania talk

Posted by ESC on May 14, 2003

Sometimes I'm able to combine two of my hobbies -- reading mysteries and collecting phrases.

THEN? SAY? -- The main character, Bubbles Yablonski, hair dresser/reporter/detective, is talking to a teen-age client who wants her hair dyed "Jet black.Black like death." " 'Freedom (High School) cheerleaders go black like death, then?' In Lehigh (Pennsylvania), we often turn statements into questions by ending them with 'then' or 'say.' Keeps the conversation going." "Laura spent most of the wait raving about a garage band Riders on the Storm and the to-die-for lead singer.'Your parents must like him, say?'" From "Bubbles Unbound" by Sarah Strohmeyer, Penguin Group, New York, 2001.

The author, according to her Web site, was "born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania -- what USED to be a steel town on the New Jersey border."

BOOMBAS - ".essentially, a pogo stick with wood blocks, cymbals, cow bells, beer taps and assorted odds and ends attached to it. There's a large faction in town who swears this is a musical instrument. I have yet to be convinced. Supposedly no two boombases are alike and often they run to themes. I've seen auto parts boombases adorned with spark plugs and hubcaps. Irish boombases decorated with leprechauns. Of course, kitchen boombases are always popular and versatile. Just so you know, the word 'boombas' translated means bang clang. Enough said." I am guessing that the translation is from German. From "Bubbles Unbound" by Sarah Strohmeyer.

NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULB IN THE VANITY - "Okay. So, I might not appear to be the brightest bulb in the vanity, but I know something even the police don't know. I know what really happened to Laura Buchman. Or, at least I think I do." From "Bubbles Unbound" by Sarah Strohmeyer.