Several weeks ago we asked readers to furnish us the dialect names of places in Berks and nearby. There were a goodly number of responses to the request but some of the correspondents requested that their names be withheld from publication for reasons of their own. Others were willing to have their names used. Der Ewich Yaeger respects all requests of this kind.
The replies gave us a number of unfamiliar terms. There were a number of roads named “Wassem Schtross” or “Sod Street” and another recurring name for a road was given as “Bisskatze Schross” or “skunk Road”. Here we furnisha list of names supplied by anonymous writers.
Die Gass- A section between Adamstown and Blainsport, probably the tiny village of Vera Cruz, Lancaster County.
Knarrestettle- Knorrtown, Brownsville near Wernersville.
Wohlhaeverstettle- Bethel – Mt. Aetna. Dort eht mer hie fer en neier Rickstrang.
Hetrichestettle- Mt. Pleasant or Obold, along route 83.
Summerbarrick- Summer Hill in Tulpehocken township
Schpook lane- Near Newmanstown
Klappboardstettle- Clapboardtown, near Brownsville.
Greitzwaeg- Elizabethville, Dauphin County.
Warren Clouser of Berne Station supplies the following:
Mollossich Barrick- Molasses Hill, in Penn Township.
Grundt Aechle Barrick- in Centre Township.
Backmohl Schtross – in Tilden.
Kaes (Cheese) Lane, in Tilden.
Frank W. Matz, of Mohnton reminds us of these:
Schmutz Deich- Grease Bottom. So named because it was very muddy in wet weather. The road through this vale extended from Shillington, by the way of Mohnton to Gouglersville. There is another reference to a section named Schmutz Deich which cut through South Mountain near Fritztown.
Gens Lane- Goose Lane, extending from Lancaster Pike one half mile north of Gouglersville to Fritztown.
Gleiye Schtross- Bran Street, leading from Mohn’s Hill to Vinemont.
Der Schtate Waeg- State road leading from the Kurtz House, Oakbrook, to new Holland, now route 73. Certainly there must be other place names which hold interest for the historian and folklorist. Send them on.
…Bei ‘N Ewich Yaeger
Graeff, Arthur D. Scholla: Dialect Nomenclature. Reading TImes. April 25, 1941