A New Jersey Clarification In Grammar. Our Thing With The Word, “WATER.”

Everywhere I go whether it is at a restaurant, convenient store, or someone’s home. We South Jerseyans and Eastern Pennsylvanians have this thing with the word, “WATER.”

Here is some South Jersey, “Wooder”

WE CANNOT PRONOUNCE IT CORRECTLY.

Yes, this is correct. We can’t.

We say and I’ll try to do it the best I can, “Wooder.”

I know that it is said correctly and pronounced, “What-errrr.” However, almost every contact I have with folks in The Delaware Valley pronounce it as the above.

I have been with friends outside the area. We have sat down for dinner. They have asked for “Wooder” to drink and the waiter/waitress is like, “huh?”

I usually have to chime in and say.. no they mean “What-errr” and then everything is fine.

It’s kind of funny. I’m not sure where it originated from, but every time someone says it when I am out and about, it truly makes me cringe.