I’ve lived in Covington, Kentucky now since the middle of July, 2011. You hear some words said here that don’t make good sense, words that don’t apply as to what the person is talking about and/or words you don’t hear anyplace else—at least I haven’t.
I hear “Up at the house” a lot. What makes this strange to me is the people I normally hear saying it don’t leave in a house. They live in apartments.
I remember a couple years ago when I was living on West 10th Street, I ran into a neighbor, someone who lived in my building. We met up there on Pike Street. We talked for a minute and I asked him where he was heading to. He told me he had some friends “up at the house” and was going to get some beer for them at Kenny’s Liquor. He asked me where I was going. I guess I should have replied, “Back to the house,” but I didn’t. I think I said, “Back to my apartment.”
Really, none of this matters to me. I hear these words all the time where I’m currently living too and I’m beginning to think this explains all the hallway noise in my building. I’ve been told by other tenants who live here that this noise is on every floor. I mean it’s not awful, but it is noticeable.
Here’s what I think. I think some of the people who live here in Covington consider their apartment their house. On each floor here, there are apartments to the left and apartments to the right. In between, there’s a long hallway which I think many consider a street or a sidewalk or a combination of both. I think that’s why it’s OK to be loud in the hallway. Its considered being “outside.” It’s outside their house.
Oh, I don’t really know, but that’s my thinking and I’m sticking to it.
I don’t be posting here tomorrow, but I’ll be “up at the house” on Wednesday and I’ll post something then.
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