The star of CBC TV's Republic of Doyle is on the show tonight, where he gives George a basic lesson in the local dialect.
On The Meaning of One of His Favourite Expressions:
Allan Hawco: This is one of my personal favourites, people seem to have a lot of difficulty with it is "Whattaya at."
George: "Whattaya at."
AH: So "what are you at."
GS: Meaning what do I mean?
AH: No, this is a good one. What do you think it means?
GS: Whattaya at ... "Whattaya at" is "What are you getting at?"
AH: George ... whattaya at?
GS: I'm ... I'm at home? Where am I? Is that what it is?
AH: The correct response would be simple. No matter what you're doing, you say "This is it."
GS: "This is it." Is that like "How are you? Fine"?
AH: Sort of. If you add the nod [nods] ... It's a common phrase, I don't care what anyone says, I use it all the time, I use it every day, Alan Doyle wrote a song about it ... It means "What are you doing?"
AH: Simple, whattaya at ... What are you at? What are you at right?
GS: And this is it.
AH: This is it. And if you were building a house, you might also respond "Nothing."