Did you know that the Hudson Valley has its own dialect? Me neither, but then again, I've been in the Hudson Valley my entire life, so I'm clearly nestled in a protective womb of people who speak in a similar way.

But apparently, we do, and it comes from the Dutch settlers of the region. According to reference associate at Long Island University Robert Delaney, defining Hudson Valley terms are "the sitting area in front of your doorstep is a stoop, and the best-sellers at Dunkin’ Donuts are crullers and olycooks."

All I know about stoops is this:


Now if you'll excuse me, apparently I've got an "olycook" to order.