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This came up on Fodors about a month ago, when someone got insulted by a New Yorker's joking reference to NJ as "joisey." Then I noticed on another travel forum that a lot of people seemed to be calling NJ "joisey." I found it corny and tiresome, but not really insulting. At the time I posted something on the Fodors thread where someone had gotten insulted and on the other forum where the "joisey" thing was so very overused.

It's not an earthshattering issue, but I'm curious what other people here think about this little regional or pseudo-regional expression. Do you refer to NJ as "New Jersey" or as "Jersey," and do you jokingly call it "joisey"? If you do, are you a New Jerseyan imitating the way New Yorkers pronounce the name of our state, or are you a non-New Jersey resident making fun of the way you think people from New Jersey might speak? Or do you just say it for no particular reason?

As a long-time NJ resident (since I was nine) who was born in Brooklyn, I am fairly sure that the playful use of "Joisey" to refer to NJ was originally a way of teasing or making fun of the way NEW YORKERS talked. People in NJ don't normally say "joisey," unless perhaps they are recent arrivals from parts of NYC where NJ is referred as "Jersey" and mispronounced as "joisey." way.

I do remember that when I lived in Brooklyn as a child, people used to say that the "erl man came oily in the mawning." That "oi" sound in "joisey" and "oily" (meaning "early") wasn't quite the "oy" of "boy," but was sort of an "uh" sound with a "y" at the end, so it was like a tired version of the "oy" sound. In any event, that's definitely a NY accent, not a NJ one. Though "joisey" is not the way educated Manhattanites would pronounce "Jersey," it was a common pronunciation in Brooklyn, and perhaps also in some other boroughs of NYC as well.

Most NJ residents probably don't usually refer to the state as "Jersey," but tend to say the whole name, "New Jersey." Many New Yorkers commonly refer to NJ as "Jersey" (even when they pronounce it correctly), and if you hear New Jersey people calling their state "Jersey," there's a good chance that they are originally from NYC or they work and play with New Yorkers so much that they picked up some NewYorkisms.

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