Celebrating 30 years of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Well, it’s been a busy couple of months! All of us at the English Lanugage Research Centre are preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. You can read more about the celebrations in the poster below.

The program is in the works and will be posted soon. The DNE Reminiscences event will feature stories from those who knew the editors of the DNE, including Robert Hollett, Harold Paddock, John Hewson, Sheila Lynch, and master of ceremonies Shane O’Dea. You will also hear some stories from DNE editor J. D. A. Widdowson, from an interview recorded at the ELRC earlier this year. You can read more details about the events here.

We hope to see you there!
As an added bonus, the Canadian Language Museum exhibit, “Canadian English, Eh?” will be installed in the Arts Atrium from November 5-10. You can read more about the exhibit here.
Since there hasn’t been a Twig entry for the last couple of months, here are a few cards from the DNE research collection for you all to chew on! This is a great series found by an ELRC student assistant, Sarah Milmine, with numerous food and drink terms. Many of the words are used in the DNE, but some are not. Bannock, doughboy and grumpus are not mentioned in the DNE (likely due to their usage elsewhere). The word caudle is used but has no relation to any food item. Nish appears with a note indicating it is a Portuguese sweet drink but that definition does not appear under the DNE entry for nish.
Have a look at these cards and let us know if anything stands out to you or if you’ve got other words to describe food and drink that aren’t included here.

Bon appétit!

Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

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