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A Regional Spelling Of “Diner” As “Dinor”

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McPaul lives in Montclair, New Jersey, but grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where several casual restaurants spelled the name of their establishment as dinor rather than diner, as in Stan’s Dinor. This spelling variant is largely limited to northwestern Pennsylvania. No one knows for sure how this variation originated, although it might simply be a matter of sensational spelling, in which words are intentionally misspelled in order to attract attention. For more about these dining establishments spelled dinor, check out Brian Butko’s Diners of Pennsylvania. (Bookshop|Amazon) This is part of a complete episode.

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