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Old 08-24-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I see this frequently on craigslist: "cabinet with 4 draws" or "5-draw dresser."

I don't remember seeing the word "draws" for "drawers" anywhere else. Is this just in Maine, or is it perhaps more of a generational difference than a geographical one?
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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People spell it like that because they say it like that. I think it's a New England thing, not just a Maine thing. I've heard folks from Massachusetts say "draws" for "drawers" before too.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Out West
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It would take me a minute to figure out what they were saying and then I'd think they just misspelled the word. And I might pass on them for that.

I have a lot of things to get used to up here.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I wouldn't think Craig's List would be a source for perfect spelling or grammar.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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Looks perfectly fine to me.
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Maine
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CL is not a source of great grammar or spelling, but I have seen this enough to know that it isn't a typo. I am from Maine, and no one I know ever said that.

Hennybenny, I suspect you're right -- it's a New England thing.

Edited to correct myself: I just did a google search and there is a UK forum where people are talking about this same issue, and forums in other parts of the US.

I don't get why people didn't learn in third grade how to spell "drawer", but I guess it's not just Mainers!
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I think a Maine word is "HUMIDITY"....
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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People are just spelling drawer the way it sounds here. Remember "r's" aren't in our vocabulary. I pronounce it draw and that's said with the "er" on the end.
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Maine
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But like I said, I found other forums from different parts of the country and the UK where people are asking the same question.

I am from Maine and I say "r" when it is supposed to be pronounced -- and don't say an "r" where there is none, ("idear", etc.) lol. It's funny to get together with family -- some have a wicked accent and others none. My father's has become much worse as he ages for some reason.

One uncle has the best accent, and sounds just like Tim Sample. I love listening to him talk. He even says the word "time" a little differently.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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I see this frequently on craigslist: "cabinet with 4 draws" or "5-draw dresser."

I don't remember seeing the word "draws" for "drawers" anywhere else. Is this just in Maine, or is it perhaps more of a generational difference than a geographical one?
I still vote for geographical versus generational.

It's not that I am not pronouncing the 'r' , it's just that others can't hear it!
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