About... and some other words make me sound like I came from our Northern Neighbor.
Watch Escanaba in Da Moon Light and you will understand.
Watch Escanaba in Da Moon Light and you will understand.
RichmondJake said:I can't say it. I will never say it. I don't even know what it means.
Hey, you told me I'm not a Yankee because I'm from the west coast. Change your mind already? (As I recall from my CA history classes, we were lured into the Union because of our gold....oops, am I treading on thin ice here?)Zoning Goddess said:It's the alternative to "youse guys" for persons of a certain social status. Sigh. You're just gonna have to learn it unless you want all your citizens to think you're a dumb Yankee. ;-)
jestes said:Lord yes do I have an accent. Having lived in South Mississippi for 33 of my 37 years I have definitely developed what could best be described as a drawl. The only problem is that I have quite a bit of South Louisiana (Cajun) heritage so most people in Mississippi that I know think that my accent sounds like a cross between a southern accent and a cajun accent - or a cross between a red neck and a coon a$$...just call me a red a$$!!
Michele Zone said:Oh, gee -- you mean that plus all the stuff Gedunker said is also Hoosier? I just thought it was cuz daddy grew up on a farm and dropped out of the 9th grade. Clearly, I haven't spent 'enough' time in Injiana. I don't knows me own heritage.
Gedunker said:Growing up in the Garden State, I was fortunate to miss most of the truly horrific Jersey accent (having a mother from Denmark probably had a lot to do with it).
I still find myself sometimes saying "cawfee" or "tawk" or "wooder" instead of coffee, talk and water.
As I've gotten older, I've found myself something of an accent "leech", mimicing accents as I am around them. When I spent two weeks in Denmark recently, it took several days to erase the accent after coming home.
Now in southern Indiana, I occasionally hear myself saying the "Vee--Hickle" needs an "awl" change before we drive "acrosst" "Illi-noise".
My children definitely have southern Hoosier accents.
Greenescapist said:Someone the other day said to me that I "didn't talk like I was from here." She asked where I was from and I told her New England. "You don't talk like that either," was her reply.
I said that the TV and movie version of New England accents is way overblown, unless you're in a hard core blue collar suburb of Massachusetts, anywhere in Rhode Island or maybe in a Maine fishing village. Generally, I guess I just sound like I'm from the Northeast, although a polite version of the stereotype, with all my R's pronounced normally.
otterpop said:Having spent my formative years in New Orleans, I do have a mild Uptown new orleans accent. Not a full-blown Yat (as in the denizens of the Irish Channel who welcome each other with a "Where y'at, dawlin'." To which the other might say, "Fine, fer sure. How's yor mama 'nd 'em") I do say "New Orlens" rather that "N'Awlins" or "New Orleens."
When people find out I am from the Deep South, they often say "But you don't have an accent."
Maister said:How does a native pronounce it? I've heard "Nawlins" is that true?
Man With a Plan said:New England has many different accents. The TV version is always way off. The accent that TV tries to imitate is from places like Southie, Charlestown, Dorchester, Quincy, Somerville, etc...- basically inside 128. Once you head west past Worcester , the accent appears to sound midwestern. If you go southwest to Rhode Island , the accent almost sounds like NYC. In summation:
Western MA - wAteR
N. Providence RI- ohwuadah
'ahrunge' and 'Flahriduh' are definately east coast pronunciations. I knew a guy from Baltimore who referred to lions and tigers as 'larns and taggers' I think that's pretty interesting too (maybe it was just him but I got the impression those were normal pronunciations in that neck of the woods).jresta said:I also call the citrus fruit "ahrunge" and the state they come from "flahriduh" and for some strange reason when i'm in a hurry i have a tendency to drop they r in "yestuh'day." I'm also starting to pick up on the Delaware Valley/Chesapeake strange "o" pronunciation that i find incredibly annoying. Haowm is the place you hang your hat, phaown is what you talk on, baown is what you give a dog, and aown as in yuh'rawn yuh'raown.
I think the biggest difference between Mass and RI is as follows:
Mass: "Sully was smokin' pawt in the cah"
RI: "Vinny was smokin' pot in the cah"
The example's exaggerated but its that sound that makes me think you say your own name funny.
jresta said:<snip> All of my grandparents do this weird Cockney thing with a double t as in Bottle or throttle where they break the word into two syllables but they don't really pronounce the tt. They best way i can put is BOHt-LL. Which reminds me that a "Th" before an "r" always comes out "tr" as in "once, twice, trice" or "take the Trog's Neck Bridge".
<snip> I guess in part because i expected the people in South Jersey to sound more like me than they did. It's slight but people here point out my "we tawked for an hour" or "they have the best chawklet".
<snip>I also call the citrus fruit "ahrunge" and the state they come from "flahriduh".
Maister said:'ahrunge' and 'Flahriduh' are definately east coast pronunciations. I knew a guy from Baltimore who referred to lions and tigers as 'larns and taggers' I think that's pretty interesting too (maybe it was just him but I got the impression those were normal pronunciations in that neck of the woods).
Whose Yur Planner said:Indiana accents depend on were you are at and from. I'm from the northern part of the state w/ my family coming from Indiana side of Chicago. My accent is a mix of Chicago and nothern Indiana/southern Michigan/northwest Ohio. When I go back home, I'll slide back into the Chicago accent in a heartbeat. It also comes out when I'm tired or excited.
My accent is slightly different than Central Indiana and very different from southern Indiana, which is a Kentucky accent. My accent also has German undercurrents because of my family and northern Indiana was/is strongly German.
jread said:Here in Texas, we do not have an accent. It's the rest of the world that talks funny :-D
Honestly, though, the cool thing about a Texas accent is that we can imitate ANY other accent, from New York to California. However, NOBODY can do ours. Every time I hear some actor trying to do a Texas accent in a movie it makes me cringe. We do NOT sound like Southerners. We do NOT sound like John Wayne either. The absolute best example I can give of a Texas accent (and this is just the Central area since they vary quite a bit by region) is Matthew Mcconaughey. Then again, Ethan Hawke was born and raised right here in Austin and his is different.
chrissy said:Unfortunetly im acquiring a southern accent and my friends are getting mad at me because they want the old Cali girl Chrissy back.
The quick and over-simplified answer is that you only need to read the post below yours to figure out which country contributed a lot to the accent of the Southern Appalachian's. The more Eastern accents can mostly be traced back to a mixing of English and West African dialects.chrissy said:Hey you guys!
Well I was born and raised in CA and lived there all my life until my husband moved me to NC because of the military. Being here in NC for 4 years suck, the only thing good about the south is the warm beach. Unfortunetly im acquiring a southern accent and my friends are getting mad at me because they want the old Cali girl Chrissy back. By the way, does anyone know where the southern accent comes from...like from what country?
jresta said:People from the midwest and west coast (and you guys do have accents that are really easy to pick out on the east coast) have a lot of fun with the way i say cherry, hairy, Harry or marry, Mary, merry. They tend to pronounce marry, Mary, merry all like Mary but pretty nasaly. I, and most people from NJ pronounce Mary like a midwesterner would but the "a" in marry isn't a long vowel becase the "r" is followed by another "r" not a vowel. I would try to spell it phonetically but it just doesn't work because it's not a sound you make. As for "merry" well, it's a friggin "e" like in the word "bet" it's not supposed to rhyme with fairy. Anyway, Next time you watch the Sopranos listen for "Harry" or "marry".
jmello said:I had a friend from CT who used to make fun of the way I say "merry," "mary," "marry" and similar words. I guess in some places people pronounce "Carrie" and "Kerry" the same. Not here.
jmello, how on earth does "merry," "Mary," and "marry" sound different? (and "Mari" if it's different these three)
And the same with Carrie and Kerry? I've always thought that names like these are ones that sounds the same, but are spelled differently such as Lindsey, Lindsay, Lyndsey, Lyndsay, etc.
Yes...us in the Great Lakes region pronounce all those words exactly the same.jmello said:So, you pronounce "carry" and "Keri" the same? How about "berry" and "Barry?" "Ferry" and "fairy?"
I would really have to hear it to believe it.
Absolutely. I know of no one from the midwest that pronounces any of those words differently. Those are all considered homonyms where I live.jmello said:"Merry" and "Kerry" are pronounced like "berry."
"Mary" is pronounced like "fairy"
"Marry" and "Carrie" are pronouced like "maa-ree" with a longer "a" similar to "at" (no comparible words)
So, you pronounce "carry" and "Keri" the same? How about "berry" and "Barry?" "Ferry" and "fairy?"
I would really have to hear it to believe it.
chukky said:I have not an accent, but damned annoyingly correct pronunciation. I credit/blame my mother, the number of time I heard: "thats a pict-URE. NOT a pitcher. That's a jug". Hence im the only person i know who bothers to emphasise the "t" sound in sh*t.
jmello said:That reminds me of another New Englandism. Names like Canton, Manton, Taunton, Stoughton, etc. are pronounced with an almost non-existent "t". We use a sort of gutteral stop between sylables. For example: can'unn, man'unn, taun'unn, sto-unn.