Racket – Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons


A racket would be a loud noise. Obtrusive. A bunch of people It could be people fighting or arguing, or it could just be a crowd of people in your kitchen. So I guess depending on which end of a racket you find yourself, would be how you would describe it as positive or negative. The last good racket I had would have been New Year’s week. A lot of people were heading back to where they live after the holidays, and you try and get together one last time. And we must have had a dozen people in the kitchen at one point. And just jokes and stories and laughing and it was… it was a proper racket. But growing up I had my drum set up on my bedroom, and that was a racket non-stop. I still to this day don’t understand how my parents put up with that. That was… Drums in a house is a proper racket for sure.

14 thoughts on “Racket – Newfoundland and Labrador Language Lessons

  • Sorry to rain in on your parade but this word is mostl likely used in this context nationwide. It is not particular to 'Newfanese'. We say this in Northwestern Ontario as well.

  • This word is not specific to this dialect, choose a better one next time. Unless this was meant to be ironic, crazy Newfoundland hipsters!

  • I think lots of these people from The Rock have travelled to different parts of Canada and brought with them their "words".

  • Look up racket on dictionary point com.

    Take a look at this link. The very first and main definition is exactly what we all know as being a racket. This word is known internationally, I'd assume. I appreciate and respect that Newfoundlander's have certain expressions that are unique – this however is not one of them.

  • Right on. Get me rackets so I can go up the bay and get a coachbox full a wood fer the stove. I 'low we'll need it fer after sports day.

  • funny cause I was not expecting him to say anything about noise, we always refer to a racket as a fight, eg. " jesus you wouldn't believe the racket i started up to the house last night" , or , "did you hear about that racket last night, buddy got his face beat off." anyways I do agree with you, i don't think racket is unique to newfoundland

  • It doesn’t just mean a noise, though. That party was probably a “kitchen racket”. A couple of fellas might get drunk and get into a racket. If a young fella is looking for a woman, he’s “on the maid racket”.

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