In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, there is a different culture than the rest of the country. It’s born of British and South East Irish settlers with a dash of Scottish, and because of that – and the fact that Newfoundland is an island – the ‘Newfie’ accent is quite noticeable!
Not only is it noticeable, it can be hard to understand by people not from ‘The Rock’! I visited Newfoundland once, and have made friends with Newfies over the years and it is a wonderful province plus they are wonderful people! But we can’t understand them!
Check out this example and see if you can figure out what they’re saying:
Remember the movie ‘Snatch’ and Brad Pitt’s Caravan character? The Newfie accent is not like Pitt’s. But I bet many might mistake the two!
So, “Whaddyat” is a Newfoundland greeting. It means “What are you doing right now!”
And the answer to “Whaddyat”, is always “Dis is it”. Meaning “This is what I’m doing.”(referring to whatever you’re doing)
It’s only one of many Newfie slang terms, but a great one. So great that it’s been made into a song!
We never say “hello” or “how’s it going?”, “good day” or any of that
We just look at them and nod our heads and wink say ‘Whadd’ya At?’