New Hampshire Slanguage: Hapast

It’s a wonder anyone can understand us

when we (New Hampshirites) speak.  In addition to speaking much faster than our cousins to the south (far south), we stir-fry our words, as only we can do.

Two words quickly become one–“half past” easily becomes “hapast.”  Extraneous alphabet letters need to find a new home.

Hapast usually means: “Half way through a time frame, especially, but not limited to an hour, i.e., hapast ten, hapast the witching house, etc.”  Occasionally this word is also used in the context of “partially completed, and even that part is of low quality.” [i.e., you did that project “hapast.”]

Can you think of any other word combinations that we mash together, to make a new word?


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