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Or, you could take a dip in the crick

What about “crick” as a Yorkism? Like most of York County sayings, I’m not claiming that this is native to our area – just that an awful lot of people here say “crick” for “creek.”

Some people even write it that way!

My mom, who grew up in Delaware and Bucks counties in eastern PA, claims you write “creek” but say it “crick.” My ninth-grade science teacher tried to foist off some story on us that a “creek” was one thing and a “crick” was a smaller creek, and that you wrote them both as appropriate. I don’t think I buy that…

Faithful readers Nicki and Jo both agree with the value of crick, but I’m curious… do you differentiate a creek and a crick? I hear an awful lot of people call the Conewago a “crick” but I’ve never heard the Codorus described as anything but a “creek.” So is there really a difference?

And finally, one well-known York County body of water is the Yellow Breeches. The York County map book calls it Yellow Breeches Creek, but come on. It’s just “the Breeches,” right??

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