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Old 08-25-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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While living in Ct I heard it pronounced 'draw' as well. Though I do not recall how they would spell it.

Consider words like "Bar" or "Harbor"; since the ending 'r' becomes silent or at most is replaced with an 'ah'. I can see where in 'drawer' breaking it down to 'draw-ah' the last two letters may be nearly indistinguishable.

I think Mr. Beekeeper may have solved the mystery! Now, try to figure out why an "R" gets added to words that end with an "A" and another mystery will go away.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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I have heard Mainers say it and my BFF is from CT and says it too.
what is a bff???

short for bffer?
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Maine
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"Best friend forever".

I have an 11-year old girl, so I know these things.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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I'm a Maine native and I say, 'drawer".
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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"Best friend forever".

I have an 11-year old girl, so I know these things.
thanks for that!!

I wont even offer what i thought it was
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I think Mr. Beekeeper may have solved the mystery! Now, try to figure out why an "R" gets added to words that end with an "A" and another mystery will go away.
As many times as I have heard this mentioned, the only person(s) I know who tack on a "r" where it doesn't belong... are 2 siblings who moved to CT as children and moved back to Maine later in life. They drink soder and have great idears.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Newport, ME
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Well here's another spin on it. While I know it's drawers, when I say it it sounds like dro-ers. And my mother in law says soda as sode.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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I moved from ME to CT when I was 16 a couple dozen decades ago. There, my name changed. In ME it was Raw-ja. And in CT it became Rah-jer. When visiting friends in Boston, it was Rodge-ah. Plus, in Maine they said soda and in East Hartford it was tonic. I lived somewhere else that I can't now remember but they said pop. Anyways, I haven't ever looked for that spelling of draws in an open ad. I think I've always heard the word sound like droers too. I know I've heard my parents and grandparents say 'chesta draws' or 'dressa draws' many times. Must be a northeast thing.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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As in "sometimes dead is bettah"
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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wicked cool thread
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