Twanglish Lesson: Windur

Today’s Twanglish Lesson reveals the multi-faceted nature of Twanglish as a dialect. First, there are words that mean the same thing as their counterparts in English, but simply have their own unique Twanglish pronunciations (and spellings). Then, there are those words which look and sound, for the most part, like their English counterparts but have their own uniquely Southern meanings.

Today’s word fits both types:

Windurnoun 1. An opening in the wall of a structure to allow in natural light and provide a view of the outdoors 2. A framed glass pane to fill such an opening 3. Stained glass panels, sometimes depicting an artistic rendering, to fill such an opening 4. A period of time, often brief and with a finite expiration 5. The screen of a computer, television of other electronic device:

The windur on this phone ain’t big enough for the internets.

One of the RSM contributors actually overheard this exact sentence in a Birmingham hospital waiting room. Up to that point, we’d never considered “windur” as great example of Twanglish – just a simple difference in pronunciation. Sure, you can extrapolate from that some fun Twanglish phrases. For example, the Defenestration of Prague becomes the “De-windurnation of Pray-gyoo.”

But applying the term to an electronic screen elevated the term from “meh” to “brilliant.” Suddenly, it becomes a term worth sharing. Then, a new commenter to the site – a Yankee woman, no less – mentioned that she had heard the term from her husband’s Southern family. We figured it was time to unleash it on all of you.

So, as you sit here, peering into the magical world of Real Southern Men on your computer, phone or pad thingy, remember it’s not a screen; it’s a windur.

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