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The speaker is a 30-year-old White woman with a college education from Wautoma, Wisconsin; she was recorded in 1968.



County: Waushara
State: WI

Commentary:
Located in central Wisconsin, Wautoma is in an agriculturally productive area where cucumbers and pickling plants are an important part of the economy. The speaker reflects on the use of the term pickle for a raw cucumber, a lexical usage characteristic not only of Wisconsin but also of the North and North Midland more generally.
Inf: Pickles. Uh, George was thinking that it was kind of funny that uh, we called them pickles even when they were growing. And I remember too thinking it was kind of funny um, that we called 'em pickles. I remember when the change came. We'd always called them cucumbers when they were growing and pickles when we ate them out of the can, but I kind of remember when a change came in and everybody just said pickles no matter what they were doing. I, I knew it was hard to get used to but now I guess I thought, "There's a bunch of pickle plants over in the field." I'd say that too. Funny how those things catch up.

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