Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A lesson in South Scarberian, and a baseball signing.

1. A Lesson in South Scarberian

Today we continue our series studying the dialect of the English language spoken in southern Scarborough.

beef ting (bēf tiŋ) cf. "beef thing"
an ongoing issue arising from a past injustice, or "beef"
e.g. "Alice doesn't speak to Bob anymore. It's a beef ting."
e.g. (vernacular) "Alice don wan talk to Bob no more, 's a beef ting, yo."

Since my time with a lot of native South Scarberian-speakers is coming to an end — first semester ended today — these lessons may become somewhat more infrequent in the forseeable future.

2. A Baseball Signing

In case you've been under a rock for the past 24 hours, the Tigers signed this guy:

That's Prince Fielder. He's a very good hitter. He's pictured here sometime in the past few years, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. Below is his dad in the 1990s:

And, why yes, astute reader, that's a Detroit Tigers uniform on Cecil.

The wrinkle, of course, is that Prince doesn't really talk to Cecil anymore. See, Cecil went and blew a lot of money on gambling and bad investments when his career was over, divorced Prince's mom, and... well, Prince hasn't spoken to his dad much in the past decade-ish. Apparently relations are thawing somewhat, but there's still a long way to go.

It's a huge deal, too: 9 years, $214 million.



Laurie206 said...

It was too much to hope for that Prince would ever have signed with the Mariners, but a gal can dream, can't she? Good thing we still have such great young pitchers, like Michael Pineda...uh...never mind.

Paulo said...


Love the Scarborough vibe on your site.

McCowan and Sheppard.

JTL said...

I deal with more the Markham & Eglinton crowd. (M & E, represent.)

But hey, Scarberia is Scarberia. I can dig it.