Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for -> not zebra

So for the second time during this challenge I consulted the Dictionary of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. There are 3 whole words for the letter Z.

Zad, zeed and zever, neither of which appealed to me in the least. So I called home... Mudder said Zoo, Fadder said Zebra, and the one sister currently living at home said "I don't know b'y, ask dad." Which brought me back to zebra, there are NO Zebra in Newfoundland, nor do we have a Zoo.

Hummm that (and a couple cups of wine) gave me an idea. What else don't we got? The island of Newfoundland don't got, raccoons, skunks, snakes, deer, porcupine, groundhogs or zebra.


We do have (native to the island) caribou, fox, otters, meadow voles, muskrat, weasels, black bears, beavers, lynx and this guy, the Newfoundland Marten.

32 comments:

  1. I never knew there was no zoo on Newfoundland. That's pretty interesting!

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  2. Would you look at those feet.
    Yours has been a thoroughly entertaining place to visit during this challenge...I have looked forward to it every day.

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  3. As always, your post brings a smile to my face. Mudder. Fadder. LOVE it! I can hear the "accent"...not that anyone in Nfld. has one! Congrats on completing the A-Z Challenge, and I'm so glad to have found your blog. :)

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  4. Congrats on finishing the challenge. That little Marten is cute (best from a distance, I imagine).

    Your Mudder and Fadder references made me think of that novelty song (though spelled differently).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Hx_X84LC0

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  5. Love this - and congrats on making it to the finish line. Whew!
    Karen

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  6. If you'd consider a career change: you could start a zoo! :-)

    Fun theme, and I'm glad I've met you. Hurray for the A to Z challenge! :-)

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  7. No zoo?? That's a shame, but I hope that changes one day! Many children never see a zebra or elephant their whole lives except in a zoo.

    Congrats on finishing the A-Z!!

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  8. I can think of a pretty cool teacher whose name starts with Z, too.

    Thanks for stopping by the other day...

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  9. Too funny! I love the fact that you called your family for help. I love it when I kids call and ask me for ideas. They never really use them but it means I not only get to hear their voices but find out what their thinking and doing.

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  10. That Newfoundland Marten is adorable. I've got to learn more about it.

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  11. Baygirl, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

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  12. I never new there wasn't a zoo in Newfoundland. Congrats on reaching the end of the big challenge. I'm so glad we connected and I look forward to many happy return visits here.

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  13. Congratulation! You made it and it was always a pleasure to read your posts! thank you!

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  14. Very creative! So far I have seen more Zebra's than anything else. This was refreshing!


    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

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  15. I'm ashamed to admit, but this is my first visit to your blog. I'm NOT ashamed to admit that I've enjoyed reading this first page (not just the one entry) immensely. The way you took each letter and used it to link in some way to New Foundland's vernacular (except for Z, of course) and gave us an feel for the general culture in the area in such a brief and playful manner was genius. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. And, thank you for visiting my blog.

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  16. This is my first visit too. Loved it! I am ashamed that I have no idea where Newfoundland is (hanging my head but will consult a map shortly). No zoo?

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  17. Aw, super cute! Congrats on completing teh challenge! Phew!

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  18. Zebras are cute but this makes a nice change. So lovely!

    I'm glad I found you, or vice versa, during this challenge.Thank you for being a regular visitor to my travel posts. Will look forward to continuing our visits.

    Denise<3

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  19. Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

    That's pretty wild that you don't have a zoo. Interesting post. I don't think we have martens. At least not where I live in the US.

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  20. No snakes? No snakes!! oh wow, I'm won over. How about killer spiders? Killer octopus? Jelly fish? Oh I just notice you mentioned bears, not so nice, and that marten looks like it could get a bit mean, but perhaps only if cornered. Congratulations! We did it!!! Sue@JumpingAground

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  21. I'd say the critters you do have are WAY more interesting than some striped wannabe horse.

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  22. Thanks to everyone who came to visit during the challenge!! It has been an intresting run, and we all deserve a pat on the back for finishing

    The Marten is endangered in Newfoundland, and is 1 of 14 native animals to the province. Although we do not have a zoo, there is a nature park on the Salmonier Line where you can go see our native animals like the Marten (he's a member of the weasel family and distinct only to NL, I have a video of him running around his cage prattling like a ferret; taken of course at the nature park)

    @ Pam, I call my folks quite often for help, especially when I'm cooking, a lot of times I call I already know the anwser, I'm just lonely

    @ Elizabeth, I', heading or to get it now!

    @ all - stick around for my Newfoundland giveaway comming soon

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  23. Somehow I missed your blog. Enjoyed your Z post, and thanks for visiting me. Signed up to follow.

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  24. He is such a cute little guy! He looks very cuddly but somehow I don't think he is! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I really appreciate it! :)

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  25. Yeah, I guess that there'd have been a lot of Zebras as the final entry for the A to Z Challenge.

    So, no snakes (or zebras) on Newfoundland. I believe there may be zebras in the zoo in Dublin. And snakes too, if memory serves. But out in the wilds of the country, none.

    Congratulations on arriving at the end of the challenge. Well done.

    I could hear the long-a of my childhood in your "Fadder". :-}

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  26. I'd love to see Newfoundland some day. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge!

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  27. I would take a Marten over a Zebra any day. Zebras are overrated! But then again, I have a zoo and have seen them multiple times. What kind of horse animals do you have?
    Ava

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