Sunday, April 01, 2012
A is for Arn
My blogposts for the month of April will be part of an A-Z challenge initiated by Zombie and there will be (at last count!) 1400 of us participating.
I made the decision to base my posts on the Dictionary of Newfoundland English –and here is my first post.
“Arn” in Newfoundland means 'anyone' or 'any'.
Its opposite is 'narn' which means 'no one' or 'none'.
Consequently the shortest conversation that ever took place in Newfoundland, Canada (a province of incredible talkers!) is as follows:
One fisherman met another on the way back from the fishing grounds.
The first asked: 'Arn?'
To which the other replied: 'Narn.'
This translates as 'Ever the one?'
'Never the one (fish).'