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Six Nay Slang – Part Dekenih

Six Nay Slang – Part Dekenih

I’m a rez girl. I don’t make any excuses for it, either. Rather, I embrace it and try to hone it as best I can to impart as much rez in my descendants as possible. It’s my opinion that having rez culture is a blessing – similar to the biological midi-chlorians that make Jedi Knights

I’m a rez girl. I don’t make any excuses for it, either. Rather, I embrace it and try to hone it as best I can to impart as much rez in my descendants as possible.

It’s my opinion that having rez culture is a blessing – similar to the biological midi-chlorians that make Jedi Knights so ace. The higher the concentration of midi-chlorians, the stronger the force is. Basically I want my grandchildren to be little Rez Jedi’s full of “rezi-chlorians.” That will make me a proud gramma.

Last year I put together a rez slang dictionary for those not from Six Nay to better understand my lingo. However, it was brought to my attention that I missed a lot. So, after much rez research I present to the rest of you rezbians and rez aficionados: Six Nay Slang – Part Dekenih.

Note: Six Nay Slang originates from reservation language speakers from many dialects and this language lesson only reflects one of those dialects.

Rez Hunger

  • J’eet yet? – Did you eat yet?
  • Do-nits – Indian Donuts often made at Nu-Ya or sold in baggies at rez stores. The good kind have raisins in them – but that is debatable.

Rez Accolades

  • Choice – The best (eg – Heck your Ma makes some choice do-nits!)

Proper Rez Pronunciation of Common Goods

  • Melk – (sounds like felt) Milk
  • Selt – (sounds like melt) Salt
  • Cranes – Crayons. (especially if you’re from Oneida. Also, rarely, a Haudenosaunee clan animal.)
  • Sick’ning – sickening. annoying.

Rez Emphasis

  • Hehnt! – (sounds like hant) A non-emotional response issued in place of laughter
  • Ehnt! – (said in a whining or aggravated tone) Stop
  • Den – Then. To be clear: proper use of the word ‘den’ can be used in a myriad of rez applications: to end a sentence with a question (Where we going den?) or to add emphasis and urgency (Let’s gooo den!) or simply sometimes to question someone. (So — what den?)
  • Bleht – Gross
  • Right – Totally. Absolutely. Unequivocally. (eg: Heck them cranes are right sick’ning)

Rez Nicknames

  • Gordy – Strange kind of fellow
  • Studzy – Cool kind of fellow

Rez Genders

  • Im – (sounds like eem) Him
  • ‘Er – (sounds like grrr) Her

Note: ‘Er and ‘im are not always specific to humans or mammals. (eg: when one loses control on the rez it is known as lost’er. Also, rolling your car in the ditch could be called rolld’er)

Rez Gossip

  • Ja’heer – Did you hear? Often used to ask if you heard the latest gossip on someone (eg: Ja’heer Matty rolld’er on Seventh Line?)
  • Heard’ja – I heard about how you… Often used to tease someone about something they did. (eg: Hey Matty! Heard’ja rolld’er down below!! Hehnt!)

Rez Fights

  • Scrap – Fight (eg: You gonna scrap him ‘den Studzy?)
  • Work’d Ov’r – Beaten up
  • Work’d Right Ov’r – Beaten up badly (eg: Holey heck Studzy! You work’d’im right over!)
  • Tuned – Beaten up completely – (eg: Yep, Studzy! You right tuned ‘im!)

If you have additions to the Rez Dictionary email me your suggestions/additions to nahnda@tworowtimes.com.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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