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Retten Up and Rett Up

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A Delaware listener recounts a funny story about visiting a friend in Maryland who asked him to retten up the house while she went to the store. He had no idea what she meant, so he just lounged around while she was gone — only to find out later that by retten up, she meant “tidy up” the house. Retten up is a variant of redd up, which has a similar meaning in Scots and Irish English. We’ve talked about redd up on the show before. This is part of a complete episode.

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