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Outen the light!

There’s a Yorkism for you – “Outen the light!”

It means, not surprisingly to turn out the light, and if you’ve read my thoughts on other Yorkisms like been and butter bread and whatfer, you’ll know that I think we stick with “outen” because it’s shorter than “put out” or “turn out” the light.

The house I grew up in, in northern Dover Township, had a wrought-iron switchplate cover in our dining room that actually said “outen the light” on it.

And, in more randomness, there is a band called Alkali Flats that had a CD titled “Outen the Light” in 2004. Weird…

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