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Allan Hawco On How To Speak Like Someone From Newfoundland
January 9, 2012
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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.

: This is it. And if you were building a house, you might also respond "Nothing."


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