Growing up in Newark, New Jersey can be a harrowing experience for anyone especially those who have made it out – alive…



One thing that an ex-New Jerseyan finds himself challenged with is the constant threat of being accosted from “outsiders” as they joke about the way we speak sometimes. You know, the “street language”. Like in a movie I saw some years ago, one Italian mobster says he’s going out for lunch and did the other guy want him to grab a “sangwich” for him. So the other guy says, Angie, I’m on a diet, what’s not so fattening as a “sangwich” ? So Angie says, half a “sangwich”.

That may sound funny to some of you but that’s just the way some of us talked up there. Then there was always, “youse” guys, which also is a legitimate way to speak.  Another favorite for a non-New Jersyan to pick up on and not necessarily an Italian bit of vernacular but is also prevalent amongst street survivors in Jersey, when someone is inquisitive like in class or something, and tends to throw questions out there a lot so, he or she… may “axealot”, or “axe-a-lot” of questions. You see? Outside of the environs of  N.J. , this may sound unusual when really it is quite regular. We have a fine example from nature itself, in   The Mexican axolotl (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl) salamanderClose relatives of the tiger salamander, axolotls can be quite large, reaching up to a foot (30 centimeters) in length, although the average size is closer to half that. Axolotls are long-lived, surviving up to 15 years on a diet of mollusks, worms, insect larva, crustaceans, and some fish. Thanks to National Geographic for providing us with the background information and this fine photo of our friend-The Axalotl.

By the way, old “Axel” is not from New Jersey ( I think).

~ by Vinnie on July 3, 2009.

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