68 responses to Do you know these 10 Amish terms?
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    Comment on Know some terms (August 27th, 2012 at 06:46)

    Know some terms

    Mountain pies: 2 slices of bread with pie filling or variety of meats and cheese between,placed in a “mountain pie” maker (cast iron 2 part on long handle) and place in open fire to cook.

    White Topper: one of “our” Amish in Big Valley, referring to the color of their buggy top; also know as the Nebraka Amish.

    Naptha: a brand name of old fashion soap

    In the Lot: persons chosen for a position in the church that will be chose by “lot”.

    Grossfeelich: Not sure but guessing “good feeling”.

    Eric, you still have open invitation to spend a free night with us! And we have wifii too!!!

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      Comment on Grossfeilich (August 30th, 2012 at 16:42)


      This means a proud feeing, not jutgoodone. It carries a negative connotation.

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      Denise VanWoerkom
      Comment on Another term (August 30th, 2012 at 19:15)

      Another term

      How about – “ferhoodled” ?

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        Comment on The meaning of "verhoodled" (December 28th, 2012 at 06:56)

        The meaning of "verhoodled"

        It was quite astonishing to me, to hear that rare word (verhoodled). I know it from my youth. “Hoodln” means to do a work too fast without taking care and without diligence. The result is “verhoodled”, that means the work went wrong because of to much speed. The origin of the word is a southgerman dialect. But maybe the word has changed its meaning in America?

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          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (December 29th, 2012 at 09:34)

          Hans I’ve thought this to mean mixed up or messed up, though don’t know how accurate that is or how/how much it is really used (I don’t really know any PA German, but you sometimes see it as a “pop” PA German word used in say some tourist guides): http://www.amazon.com/Ferhoodled-English-Collection-Expression-Pennsylvania/dp/B0026H68BU

          But if that is right it sounds similar to what you are saying.

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          Don Curtis
          Comment on verhuddelt (March 28th, 2013 at 14:26)


          I asked Mark about this word. He said that the way he’s heard it used is as “mixed up.” As in: “Sell coll ist ganz verhuddelt.”
          “That guy is totally mixed-up.” Mark said that another word that is used is “ver-rupt”. That means more like “crazy or wacky.”

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            Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (November 13th, 2017 at 15:34)

            ver-rupt – The German is verrückt … meaning all mixed up/confusing. I know this because of a the Ravensburger game: Das verrückte Labyrinth.

            Also that is a very interesting comment about the ver- prefix!

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          Erwin Ledig
          Comment on verhoodled (September 3rd, 2015 at 07:44)


          I live in Palatinat (Pfalz) in Germany and I can tell you, we still use this word in our dialect in the same sense as you described.

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        Comment on Confused (March 29th, 2013 at 12:51)


        It’s funny how so much of the Amish language and old sayings are the same sayings that my grandparents, who were not Amish, would use. I grew up saying things like “ferhoodled” aka: confused. I guess that goes to show that other than our style of dress and cars, we really are almost the same.

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 06:54)

    We just learned how to play Can Jam when we were at a graduation party near Middlefield, OH. You use two brand new outdoor trash cans and a Frisbee. You stand beside one trash can while your partner throws the Frisbee. If he gets it close to the trash can, you use one hand to jam it into the can for a point. I think. 🙂

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 06:55)

      Oh, and PS galluses are suspenders.

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:14)

      I did not play or see it this time but Can Jam is apparently getting popular, hadn’t heard of it before this trip…by what I heard there may be another way of scoring, a slot in the side of the can as well?

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        Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:35)

        You can buy a Can Jam set with a slot, but at the public high school graduation party I attended, they just used clean trash cans. This was in Broadview Heights OH. My nephew and his wife recently had an Amish work crew from Middlefield build a screen porch. They live in Brecksville, which is about an hour away. Maybe Can Jam is a Cleveland area thing?

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 07:44)

    Hmmm… So while sitting around eating mountain pies you discussed how Jakie is too grossfeelich to wear galluses. John is sure that it will be mentioned in counsel service and that if Jakie doesn’t soon change his attitude he will ruin any chance of ever being in the lot. Not that being in the lot is to be desired although everyone knows that Simeon sure thinks he would up to the task. That Simeon sure is grossfeelich too. Sammy’s special friend saw in the Gemeinde Brief that there will be names taken for the lot soon in Simeon’s district so we shall see what happens.
    As for Can Jam, Naptha, and White Topper, I’m clueless…

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 07:58)

    First, happy belated birthday Erik!

    Second: you need the Kindle case with the built in light.

    I hope you had a nice time in Lancaster and maybe you enjoyed a “carriage ride” in Central Park. (loved the sign pic). The rides are usually $50 for 20 mins. You might have been able to barter with them by offering the driver 2 shoofly pies, zucchini relish and a stickey bun.

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:18)

      Galen, thanks for the wishes, and you are probably right about the Kindle.

      I did not partake of a buggy ride but enjoyed the sign as I walked (hustled) by and through the obstacle course that is midtown Manhattan.

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        Comment on information? (December 17th, 2012 at 02:36)


        Hello. I’m new to the site and couldn’t really find anywhere to ask questions, so i figured this place was as good as any. I’ve read up on joining the Amish communities, but i wasn’t able to find a lotof information about who can really join. For instance, I’m a 23 year old single mother of two young children. Never been wed, but am very interested in joining a community.

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          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (December 17th, 2012 at 09:38)

          Chastity for 99.8% of people joining the Amish is not the way to go.

          It’s probably a better idea to identify what is drawing you to Amish life and address that.

          If it is an admiration for certain aspects you identify with Amish society but feel are lacking in your own, maybe try to develop those within your own life and faith tradition.

          This may ultimately lead you to another brand of faith but for nearly everyone it’s unrealistic to successfully conquer the many hurdles to joining the Amish. Nothing bad about that, it’s just the way it is.

          Here are some posts on the topic where this is discussed:



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            Comment on Chasity (January 24th, 2013 at 13:28)


            Do married people have to remain chaste?

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            Comment on I'm sorry (January 24th, 2013 at 13:29)

            I'm sorry

            What I mean is, if you are married, aren’t you allowed to be with your husband?

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              Comment on Whoops (January 24th, 2013 at 13:36)


              The comment was referring to the previous commenter’s name, Chastity. Sorry, better use of commas by me would probably have made that clearer. For the record married Amish people do not practice chastity (that is, celibacy). I guess there’s a lot of living proof of that 🙂

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 08:31)

    “Special Friend” – Person you are courting (boyfriend/girlfriend)

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Mark's responses (August 27th, 2012 at 12:03)

    Mark's responses

    I didn’t know what any of these were. I called my son, Mark, who joined the Amish and here’s what he says:
    Mountan Pies – You use pie irons and bread and pie filling to make pies
    Council Service – Mark calls is “Ordnung Gmay”
    Galluses – suspenders
    White-Topper – Those are the buggies driven by the Nebraska Amish of the Big Valley
    Can Jam – He didn’t know this one
    Gemeinde Brief – Mark said this could be a number of things. Church letter could be a newsletter. Could be a letter of membership transferrence (usually called a zeugnis brief). Could be a written version of the Ordnung.
    In the Lot – Mark says that after the Stimme Rot the candidates are in “Der Los” (I have not idea what Stimme Rot or Der Los is. I just write them down as he spells them.)
    Grossfeelich – Somebody who thinks they’re a “Big Deal.”
    Naptha – Well, could be Fels-Naptha soap. Also could be “white gas” used in lamps.
    Special Friend – When a boy asks a girl for a date and they start a dating relationship then they are “special friends.”

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 14:09)

      Don, that’s cool that Mark is kind enough to be on “standby” to give authentic responses, or just to offer his point of view.

      So does Mark have a phone then? For gerneral calls, or is it a “special circumstances” phone? Is it in a shanty or on his person? Just curious about his particular circumstances. Thanks for being the “go between” for us all.

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        Don Curtis
        Comment on Mark's phone (August 28th, 2012 at 11:54)

        Mark's phone

        In my son’s community they are allowed to have a plain phone in the home. But, no answering machines, caller id’s, and no cell phones.

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          Don Curtis
          Comment on Mark's phone (August 28th, 2012 at 11:57)

          Mark's phone

          Mark said that they may only have one phone. It was added to the ordnung that if there is a home business in a separate building that they may have a phone for the business but that it must be a separate line and not an extension. Don’t ask me why but those are their rules.

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            Marcus Yoder
            Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 28th, 2012 at 16:40)

            Hope you are doing well. I read in the Budget that you had A heart attack.
            Marcus Yoder

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              Don Curtis
              Comment on heart attack (August 29th, 2012 at 12:22)

              heart attack

              Hmmm. I didn’t even know that my name came up in the Budget. But I don’t surscribe to it although Mark does. He didn’t mention to me that this was reported. Yes. I had a heart attack on August 7th. I called Mark and he about had a heart attack himself and told (ordered) me to call 911. I was life flighted from the Bellefontaine hospital (Mary Rutan Hospital) to Columbus to the OSU Ross Heart Hospital. My first helicopter ride and I didn’t even get to enjoy the view. Two days, a catheterization, and three stints later I was back home with Fritzi (my three legged dachshund). So, if I wasn’t online during that time I guess you can understand. It was kind of a scare but I’ll soon be 90 and these things can be expected to happen. Mark has been trying to improve my diet. He says I can’t have my coney dogs for lunch every day. Hmmph!

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                Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 15:16)

                Don, I’m very glad to hear it sounds like you are better. Mark sounds like a loving son and may have good ideas on the coney dogs. You can’t take away all the things you enjoy in life though so maybe a coney dog every other day?

                Glad Fritzi was around for you, and hope you’ll see more of the view next time you’re in a copter.

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                Marcus Yoder
                Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 17:06)

                Yep you made the Budget. The Bellefontaine, Ohio- Belle Center area. I normaly just skim over most columns. I read Belle Center, because some of the Plain City Amish moved to that area.
                Marcus Yoder

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                Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 30th, 2012 at 11:02)

                Don, we are glad to have your “shtimm” (voice) on here by writing. You are really with it for your age!

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      Comment on Translations of Mark's German words (August 27th, 2012 at 17:31)

      Translations of Mark's German words

      Ordnung Gmay is Rules church. It is a twice yearly church meeting to make sure all are in agreement with the church rules. It happens the church service just before the communion church, if all agree, communion, no agreement, no communion. Only takes one person not agreeing to stop communion.

      Zeugnis Brief is testimony letter. If you are in good standing with your church and you move to a likeable enough other Amish church, you get this good conduct letter. You are accepted much more quickly into the new church with one of these letters.

      I can only guess that Stimme Rot is the ministers giving the requirements to be an Amish minister, and then collecting the members votes. All of the men that meet the required number of votes are those in “Der Los”. If you are In Der Los, you are in the lot and one of you will be picked as a minister by picking the Ausbund hymnal with the paper in it that usually has this verse “Pr 16:33 ¶ The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.” This man is said to have been hit by the lot and he immediately accepts becoming a minister or is excommunicated and shunned until he does.

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        Don Curtis
        Comment on Mark's answer (August 28th, 2012 at 11:50)

        Mark's answer

        I asked Mark what a stimme rot is. He said it’s pronounced stimme as in rhyming with Jimmy. Then rot is like rote. It means a voice vote or counsel. He said it is done when they are going to ordain a new minister. All of the members give a nomination of a man in good standing they think would best fill the vacancy. Mark said the last time the men went to the basement door of the house where church was, the women went to the front door of the house. Waiting at the doors were ministeres from other districts who take your nomination back to the other ministers inside. If a man gets three or more nominations, then he is in the lot. After that it is like Lance explained. Mark said that their last ordination was for a new bishop and only the three ministers could be in the lot. The deacon could not.

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      Lela Kirby
      Comment on Some words u left out. (December 31st, 2015 at 10:46)

      Some words u left out.

      Now I can’t think of them I love the Amish. Would love to live with them or Mennonite. My gr grand father was a Quaker. Love to read Amish books. They are so relaxing and can read one in 1 day. Have to get more. Thanks.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Well, ya learn somethin' daily! (August 27th, 2012 at 15:30)

    Well, ya learn somethin' daily!

    I’m glad Don Curtis has a reliable Amish source in the family! I thought “Grossfeelich” had something to do with being nauseated! 🙂

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 28th, 2012 at 18:12)

      Alice Mary, thanks for the laugh about being nauseated.

      Mountain Pie Irons are sold at www.lehmans.com.

      Council service is another word for preparatory service or council meeting, before Communion. It’s hard to know whether it should be spelled council or counsel.

      Can jam is new to me. I envisioned strawberry jam in a can. But thanks to Stephanie’s tip, I googled it, and found KanJam, the Ultimate Disc game. I want to tell my friends about this new game.

      In the lot, are the candidates or nominees for an ordination

      Grossfeelich. Gross means big or great. Grossfeelich could mean big-feeling, or feeling big or important, or to think of oneself as great or a somebody. Maybe even proud, haughty, conceited, stuck-up, smart aleck, or a dude. Used in a sentence: “Er is grossfiehlich; er fiehlt sich gross.” (Translation: He is big-feeling; he feels [himself] big.) Does this pertain more to men than women? And what is the opposite? Humble?

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:22)

      My thanks to you Alice Mary too, that is a great interpretation 🙂

      Linda as to council or counsel, I always pause before writing it because, at least from the descriptions of it (no outsiders allowed in) both terms seem they could fit. A highly knowledgeable Amish friend I asked wasn’t sure which of the two would be the proper English description.

      Amish Way (the book) uses “Council Meeting” though so I am going with that one here.

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    Wm Justice
    Comment on Galluses (August 27th, 2012 at 17:03)


    Goodness, I have not thought of the word galluses since 1964. My maternal grandfather wore them and he passed away that year. He was a sharecropper in Madison County, Mississippi who fathered eight children and lived as close to the Amish in his way of life as any English I have ever known.
    Thanks Erik for bringing back sweet memories of a very beloved and dear man.

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:25)

      Wm it’s one of my favorite words of my limited PA Dutch vocab. Very cute when the little boys of my friend talk about wearing their galluses (sp?). Where are my galluses? I guess I forgot them today, but for now I have this thing called a belt 🙂

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        Arthur Craggs
        Comment on Galluses (March 28th, 2013 at 12:48)


        I have just discovered this site, and find it very interesting.
        I though, I would inform you, that, the word galluses, is a common name for suspenders (Braces) is commonly used here in the North East of England ( Northhumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire)by the older generation.

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 27th, 2012 at 19:22)

    most of them I knew, but since you were in Lancaster, what we call the Philly side, I associate with the ones south of Pittsburgh, Somerset County, and they are more conservative than those from Lancaster. Thanks for the review. Fun to remember.

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    Tom Geist
    Comment on Answers? (August 28th, 2012 at 12:11)


    I know many have given what they know to be the proper answers, but will you list each word again with the proper one Erik?

    If “Grossfeelich” truly means “Somebody who thinks they’re a “Big Deal.” I want to get it put on a hat that I wear when I go see the Amish….as a joke.

    And with the word “Grossfeelich” what is the origin of the word. Do all Amish know this? And finally, is it pronounced like Gross-Feel-ich?
    Thanks for any help you can give me.
    Tom in Lincoln…. LincNebr@hotmail.com

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:31)

      Hi Tom, as for the correct responses, I knew this group would come through with good answers. Among others see Don/Mark Curtis above. On naphtha I was referring to the fuel, and Gemeinde Brief the newsletter (Lancaster Gemeinde Brief comes out every two weeks and includes some, possibly all, daughter settlements as well).

      I made/ate mountain pies twice this week. They came out a lot better the second time around.

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        Kate H.
        Comment on Gemeinde Brief (August 29th, 2012 at 15:15)

        Gemeinde Brief


        The Gemeinde Brief doesn’t cover all of the Lancaster County daughter settlements. The “Upper Valleys” of Pennsylvania have the Ober Tal Brief, and the Wayne County, Indiana settlement has the “Wayne County News.” They are laid out much like the Gemeinde Brief, with announcements of where church was held last week, which minister had the opening and which preached the main sermon, who the visitors were, and where it will be held in two weeks if God wills. There are announcements of births, deaths, and illnesses, and once a year, there is a listing of who is in which youth group. Finally, there are classified ads and sometimes slick ad inserts.

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          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 15:20)

          Thanks Kate for that, I didn’t think it did. Now that you mention it I think this topic came up on the guest post you did last year, in the comments if I’m remembering right.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on I'm with Tom... (August 28th, 2012 at 12:26)

    I'm with Tom...

    Yes, Erik! I’d like to know the pronunciation of many “Amish” (Deitsch?) terms I see here and in other text about the Amish. Is there any kind of online “dictionary” for Amish terms/words that has built-in audio pronunciation (like dictionary.com has)?

    Tom said what I’ve been thinking for quite some time. I like his idea about the hat, too! (Tom, let us know how that goes, if you REALLY do it!)


    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 08:37)

      Alice Mary I don’t know of one like that, though there are some recordings of PA Dutch speakers available online. You can access those here: http://csumc.wisc.edu/AmericanLanguages/german/germ_us.htm

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        Alice Mary
        Comment on Thanks, Erik! (August 29th, 2012 at 10:30)

        Thanks, Erik!

        That’s a great resource, Erik! I listened to a bit from that site, and looked at other links there. This is a resource I’ll remember to use for reference purposes (at work), too. Thank you so much!

        Alice Mary

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Getting Hat Made.... (September 4th, 2012 at 15:59)

      Getting Hat Made....

      Alice Mary…. I have ordered a hat to be embroidered. It will say “Mr. Groszfeelich” on it.

      Even without it this last weekend was fun in Jamesport, MO. I kidded with several Amish acquaintances there that because I was so meek and mild and well mannered one Amish person called me “Groszfeelich.” They laughed. When I acted very serious and asked why they laughed they had a hard time trying to tell me what it really meant. Of course I let them off the hook in the end. =)

      The hat will be here in about 2 weeks. I’m not sure how I could post it on here, but it’s a basic khaki colored baseball hat with the words on it.

      PS…I asked a couple of the Amish how to spell the work and what I listed here is how they thought it was. Either way,Amish people will know the word, English people won’t.

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    Comment on Mountain pies (August 29th, 2012 at 09:12)

    Mountain pies

    Just to clarify these are sandwiches as described in Claudia’s comment at the top and not real pies. Maybe there is a dessert version though?

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 13:41)

      Round here, some are made as a hot sandwich with lunch meat, cheese, maybe some pizza sauce etc. But they also make a dessert of them by placing pie filling between the 2 buttered pieces of bread and having a “pie” of sorts! So the mountain pie can be a meal complete with dessert!

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        Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 15:17)

        Why am I not surprised Claudia, a dessert version sounds like a great idea. The sandwiches are delicious if you get them right and not burn them. I think one made from peanut butter schmier, cheese schmier, and some beets, pretzels and pickles left over from church would taste pretty good.

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          Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 29th, 2012 at 17:21)

          I never new they called them mountain pies. I’ve been eating them since I was a little girl probably 45 years. We call them pie irons. I still have a set down in the basement. My favorite is a Pizza Pie. Take two slices of white bread buttered on the side to the iron, 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce or too taste, Then all your favorite pizza toppings. I use pepperoni, banana peppers, ham, green pepper, onion and whatever else looks good that day.

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    Comment on 10 Amish terms (August 30th, 2012 at 10:42)

    10 Amish terms

    Just note that not all of these terms are used by all Amish across-the board. For the most part, I agree with the definitions here but would add that here in Canada, grossfeelich could be used interchangably with stoltzisch/stoltzig, essentially meaning proud. As for pie irons, they are more of a lifestyle item, in that any family (Amish or otherwise) that goes camping, has a few. Think of them as a wireless panini maker. They are sold in every hardware store around here in the camping aisle.

    As for Stimme rot/aka Stimme Rat, your Stimme is your voice. A Rat/Rot is a council. It is usually the oral vote of all members, taken when a new leadership position is going to be filled.It doesn’t just happen at preparatory service or communion time. It can happen, for example, when a leadership person dies un expectedly, or if there is an issue that requires every member’s input. That would be why, as one commented, it isn’t open to everyone– just members.

    As for the term Gemay– We would use G’mee. When I was a child we would not say we were going to church but we would “geh ins G’mee”. It is short for Gemeinde.

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      Comment on Gmay (August 30th, 2012 at 10:47)


      Thanks Catherine for these north of border insights. On Gmay it’s a soft “G” isn’t it…I have heard that younger folks in Lancaster even drop it to the point that what comes out sounds like “may”. Of course since there’s not really any official PA German spelling we can probably see a few variations in how people try to write it.

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    Comment on Amish terms (August 30th, 2012 at 15:24)

    Amish terms

    I sure do wish there were some Amish communities close to where I live. I think many folks could stand to learn a lot from the Amish, their work ethic and their views on family. I enjoy reading this website so thanks for keeping it up.

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    Comment on Don't know all of them... (August 31st, 2012 at 07:36)

    Don't know all of them...

    …but since I’m German, I may have a clue what galusses and grossfeelich means. And Gemeinde brief is so similar to the German Gemeindebrief 😀 Funny.
    Naphtha is some kind of “fuel” (I lack a better word) for lamps and stuff, isn’t it? I read the term in an old-fashioned book…

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (August 31st, 2012 at 19:07)

    Went to Eastern Market in York, PA (near Lancaster) and asked the Amish girl at one stand for some of her ponhaus. She didn’t know what it was, even after I repeated it. I looked at the sign in front of it and changed my request for scrapple – then she knew what I meant! Thought it was funny I knew an Amish word and she didn’t!

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    Mark Burr
    Comment on words (September 4th, 2012 at 00:43)


    an interesting exchange of information !!

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    Patty Tolliver
    Comment on Do you know these Amish terms? (March 28th, 2013 at 16:27)

    Do you know these Amish terms?

    I haven’t thought about Naptha in a long time. When I was a little girl my mother used a project called Phels Naptha soap. They had it in a powdered form as well as a bar. It really got your clothes white. Then it slowly left the shelves and I haven’t seen it since. Ahh the good old days.

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    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (March 29th, 2013 at 12:53)

    You can still get Fels Naptha.. I have some in my pantry & I see it all the time. Just keep your eyes open in the laundry section of many stores..

    Naptha is used as common cleaning solvent. It disolves oil and dirt in a heartbeat and we used it in cleaning vats to clean parts before they went to be painted. I also used it some paint mixes and to clean my paint guns when used with certain paints.

    M’honey uses Naptha in his Zippo lighter.. Its much cheaper to buy a can of naptha than it is to buy a can of “zippo fluid” and a little goes a long long ways.

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    Patricia Thackston
    Comment on pie titled (January 30th, 2015 at 11:09)

    pie titled

    I dessert pies are called whoopie pies where the meat pies are called mountain pies, is this correct?

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      Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (January 31st, 2015 at 18:54)

      Whoopie pies are actually a specific type of dessert made of two round chocolate cake pieces sandwiching a creamy white filling.

      Mountain pies are made by placing bread, meats, cheese and other sandwich fillings into a long-handled cast iron sandwich maker. Close it and hold it over the fire to cook your mountain pie. It’s more a hot sandwich than a pie.

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    Comment on Gemeinde brief (August 31st, 2017 at 13:00)

    Gemeinde brief

    Is the Gemeinde Brief in english? If so, does anyone know how to subscribe?

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    Herman Zimmerman
    Comment on Do you know these 10 Amish terms? (September 12th, 2017 at 09:07)

    Verhuddelt Means to be disorganized, confused, or strewn about.

    The prefix ver- tends to have somewhat negative connotations close to the English de-

    Verlasse leave

    verbrenne burn up

    verreise to tear apart

    vergelschtre to startle

    verschmeisse to destroy by throwing

    verschmutze to soil with grease, dirt,mud. etc.

    verschneide to cut apart

    versauffe to drown

    vergluppe to destroy by beating

    verdrehe to destroy by twisting

    verblindte to dazzle (temporarily blind)

    verderwe ruin

    verhacke to hack apart

    vergrawwe to bury

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