41 responses to Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4)
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    Comment on Batting zero (April 11th, 2013 at 07:46)

    Batting zero

    For a minute there I thought I had # 6—something you spread on the soil–but, nah. Don’t know any of them. Got so frustrated I stribbled up my hair. Looking forward to enlightenment.

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 08:16)

    Some real stumpers this time if you dont know PA Dutch.
    I can guess at some of them but wont display my ignorance too far. As mentioned, #6 may be urea fertilizer. #9 I believe is the Amish-made freezer/refrigerator company?

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 05:33)

      PC you are correct about Crystal Cold, they make fridges and freezers that run on natural gas or propane, Mark/Don Curtis have this right too, however extra points if you can name what state they are located in (not Indiana though they have a number of dealers there).

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on quiz (April 11th, 2013 at 08:23)

    quiz

    Shtill hokka – sit still
    Uria is a man’s name
    sei fass – the tub used for scalding hogs for butchering
    whiffle tree – the part on a wagon or buggy you hook the horses’ traces to.
    shuldiner – debtor??
    some of these terms must be unique to the Amish – not Pa Duetch. Perhaps even unique to one gehend.

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      Comment on Uria (April 11th, 2013 at 09:00)

      Uria

      You’re probably right. Uria is the (Biblical) German way of spelling Uriah, or even Urias. (He’s the one David had killed so he could have his wife …) Urie is probably what most of them go by I suppose. I know a few men named Urie, just never put it all together that it is probably short for Uria(h).

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        Comment on Man's name (April 11th, 2013 at 14:25)

        Man's name

        That is what I had in mind,the name. Uria, Uriah, Urie. I never know if the ie ending is someone’s official spelling or just how it is pronounced. Orvie, Obie for instance.

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          Linda
          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 16th, 2013 at 18:02)

          Ura is another version of Uria. Ura can be spelled out, such as U. R. A. (“You are a”). Ura is often pronounced “Urie.”

          Orvie may be the Pennsylvania Dutch pronunciation of Orva, and Obie the Penn. Dutch for Oba.

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 05:58)

      Osiah “Sei fass” was described to me as a swill barrel or slop barrel for pigs. Could it refer to both?

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    Michigan Mary
    Comment on I know one anyway (April 11th, 2013 at 08:46)

    I know one anyway

    Lifetime table – that is the white plastic folding table tha is sold at many dry goods stores in Amish Country. They range in size from personal “TV” trays to the 8′ banquet tables. The tops are white and the legs are black or dark gray.

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    Michigan Mary
    Comment on Maybe another one.... (April 11th, 2013 at 08:55)

    Maybe another one....

    Sei Fass = a barrel???

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    Laura
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 08:57)

    The only one I’d ever even heard before was whiffle tree, which I knew was part of a harness (but that’s all; thanks, Osiah Horst, for the more accurate description)! I’ll be interested to learn what the rest are.

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    Debbie
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 09:00)

    I think the lifetime table is the table for the older men at Sunday meals. Others are way beyond my guessing.

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    Char
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 09:28)

    Wow! I’m WAY out to lunch on this one!

    I believe Letart (4) is an Amish community in West Virginia.

    Other than that, I await the answer key1

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 14:35)

      Well done Char. In Mason County I believe. No idea where that is without checking a map. I tried to visit a West Virginia Amish community once, not this one, but relying on my gps got completely lost. That’s what I get for abandoning the map.

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        Lydia Wallace
        Comment on Letart (April 11th, 2013 at 20:08)

        Letart

        Letart is a daughter settlement of Somerset County. My Somerset County Amish friends have spoken of it, and it is included in the Somerset County church directory I have. Now I have been to some very remote Amish areas and never gotten lost, BUT I have twice gone in search of Letart, and have never been able to find the Amish settlement, even with local advice from folks who have claimed to know where it is. Has anyone ever been there, or have any advice on how to find this mythic place? I’ve approached it from several different directions, but with no success!

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    Ivan Gromling
    Comment on quiz (April 11th, 2013 at 10:43)

    quiz

    No 8 in english is midway and in PA Deitsch means mitweegs

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Mark's answers (April 11th, 2013 at 12:20)

    Mark's answers

    I’m not even going to pretend that these are my answers. I had to ask my son, Mark, on all of them.
    1. sei fas – He said that translated literally, it means a pig barrel. He said it is probably the scalding hot kettle that they dip the big in after it has been slaughtered to help soften the bristles to scrape off.
    2. whiffle tree – This is the part of the buggy that the horse tugs are fastened to
    3. sleep two rows at a time – Mark was sure about this one. He wondered if it might have to do with plowing.
    4. Letart – An Amish community
    5. shtill hokka – This is when the Amish have a members’ meeting after church. The bishop asks for the “brothers and sisters to please “shtill hokka.” Translated literally, “stay seated quietly.”
    6. Uria – A common first name among the Amish men.
    7. Lifetime table – The brand name of the folding table found in most Amish homes and in wedding/funeral wagons. They are very common among the Amish. Easily set up and easily cleaned. Can accommodate maybe ten people.
    8. Midway – Mark didn’t know this one.
    9. Crystal Cold – The brand name of a gas/propane refrigerator and freezer manufactured by the Amish in Indiana, Mark thinks.
    10. shuldiner – debtor.

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      Erin
      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 13:46)

      Thanks for asking Mark, Don! I had absolutely no idea other than Uria being a man’s name.

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 05:37)

      Good answers from Mark. He of course knows what “shtill hokka” is firsthand. If I am visiting that is the time I go outside. Thanks to Linda for pointing this term out to me.

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        Linda
        Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 17th, 2013 at 07:08)

        “Shtill hokka” may be more of a mid-western term. In Pennsylvania, for the word “sit,” some people don’t say “hokk”; they are more apt to say “sitz.” So the Pennsylvania term for the church service time when the visitors and children go outside is “sitz gmay” (sit church) instead of “shtill hokka.”

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          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 17th, 2013 at 08:05)

          Linda I was on the phone with a PA Amish friend yesterday and he had no problem with shtill hokka. However he paused at sei foss, though I think that was my pronunciation b/c he eventually figured out what it was.

          The expression he didn’t know, and thought might be a Midwestern thing, was “sleep two rows at a time”.

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Mark's answers (April 11th, 2013 at 12:22)

    Mark's answers

    Sorry, on number 3 that should have stated that Mark was NOT sure about this one.

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    stephanie
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 11th, 2013 at 18:12)

    I just know.lifetime cookware and tables are given at every wedding as a gift by someone. I always see them.

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    OldKat
    Comment on I knew one: whiffle tree (April 11th, 2013 at 23:01)

    I knew one: whiffle tree

    In Mark’s answer via Don the term “tugs” was used. In Osiah Horst’s answer he said “traces”. The terms are interchangeable.

    Tugs (or traces) are part of the harness. They are heavy leather or a synthetic material (belting, bio-thane etc) that run from the horses collar or breast strap depending on the type of harness being used back to the “whiffle tree”, which is part of the shaves (aka “shafts”). The shaves are a set of wooden on metal poles that attach to the buggy on the front axle and one side runs down either side of a single buggy horse and terminate at about the point of the horses shoulder. The “whiffle tree” pivots on the cross member that ties the two halves of the shaves together. The pivot action allows the “whiffle tree” to flex or swing front to back on a horizontal plane with each step the horse takes.

    If a team is used on a wagon, mower, sled etc there is a tongue or pole instead of shaves and a double tree that does the same thing for the team as the whiffle tree does for a single horse. Interestingly, on the double tree is a set (pair) of pivoting arms that you would probably assume would be called whiffle trees.

    Generally, you would be wrong. Typically they are called “single trees” rather than “whiffle trees”, though they do the same thing. I have heard people refer to the “single trees” as “whiffle trees” though. Confusing enough for you?

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 05:48)

      Confusing, but without a visual I was confused already. “Whiffle Tree” was suggested as an alternative name to single tree, so I thought that would obscure it a little more. I have a pile of other buggy related terms that I thought would be stumpers but not with OldKat on the thread!

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    Comment on Still unguessed (April 12th, 2013 at 06:03)

    Still unguessed

    It looks like we have answers for 6 or 7 of these. Good job. Still on the table:

    3. Sleep two rows at a time

    8. Midway

    10. Shuldiner – “debtor” was suggested, I am actually looking for something more specific to the Amish.

    Bonus if you know where Crystal Cold the Amish-made fridge/freezer company is located.

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    Erin
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 07:58)

    Does Sleep Two Rows at a Time mean getting to bed late? My Mom always said “Sleep Fast!”

    When I hear Midway I think of the rides and games at a county fair. I don’t think this has anything to do with the Amish, however. Is Midway the name of a big company that builds and sells Amish sheds and cabins?

    Is Shuldiner the last name of someone that did genetic research of the Amish?

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      Erin
      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 08:30)

      Crystal Cold is located in Medford, MA

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 11:15)

      Erin you are right on Shuldiner, it is Dr. Alan Shuldiner who founded the Amish Research Clinic at the University of Maryland. He’ll be speaking at the Elizabethtown Amish Technology Conference:

      http://www.etown.edu/centers/young-center/amish-conference2013.aspx

      I think you’ve discovered a different Crystal Cold. There are actually no Amish in Massachusetts.

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        Erin
        Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 11:38)

        You’re right! No Amish in MA. Is Crystal Cold in Arcola, IL?

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          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 12:08)

          You got it! Another such company is E Z Freeze in Shipshewana, Indiana, owned by the Daryl and Naomi Lehman family, originally started in Shipshewana in 1993. They took over a freezer company making the Blizzard line of freezers. The Connection magazine has a nice profile on the company in the August 2011 issue.

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      Comment on Sleep two rows at a time (April 12th, 2013 at 11:20)

      Sleep two rows at a time

      And I think your sleep two rows is about on the mark. Here’s the description:

      sleep quickly, sleep doubly fast if you are behind or getting to bed late, rows referring to a corn field

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    Linda
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 08:20)

    Are you talking about the Midway Mennonite Reception Center in Lititz, PA?

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    Char
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 12th, 2013 at 09:14)

    Would ‘sleep two rows’ refer to cramped sleeping quarters, like when a family of 10 comes and stays at your house for a funeral, etc.?

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on answers (April 12th, 2013 at 12:28)

    answers

    Mark says that there is an Amish community in Kentucky near Midway. Also, he thinks the Crystal Cold comes from Arcola, Illinois. He has one. It’s the freezer in his basement. Also, Mark said “No fair!” on the Shuldiner one. Shuldiner is a proper name, not a term. But puzzling all the same. He had never heard of him.

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    Tom
    Comment on Should have known Shudiner (April 12th, 2013 at 19:32)

    Should have known Shudiner

    Dr. Alan Shuldiner was my guest speaker at an event last year. He had me very interested because of the work he does with the Amish. I work at a hospital that is affiliated with the University of Maryland. Actually we are right across the street from each other in downtown Baltimore. The lecture he gave last year for my event was very interesting. He also mentioned the center that is set up in Lancaster. I find his genetics work very interesting.

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    Linda
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (Quiz 4) (April 13th, 2013 at 07:59)

    Is it Midway philosophy? Using your Google Custom Search on Amish America, I found
    http://amishamerica.com/amish-questions-answered-part-2/
    where it talks about Old Order Amish with New Order “ideas” in Holmes County. It was the fourth question on that page.

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