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What? (I can't understand what they said)

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Today I picked up lunch at a local BBQ place and the young man that was working behind the counter had a particular way with his words... as in I could not understand anything he said. It was not a foreign language barrier thing, but a dialect thing. It was almost a deep backwoods south meets Ebonics.

What dialects are difficult for you to understand? How do you deal with a situation where you want a quality BBQ sandwich but you have zero idea what the server just said to you?
 

Planit

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Repeat the order.

I'd like a chopped coarse brown bbq sandwich with slaw on the side.
 

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Today I picked up lunch at a local BBQ place and the young man that was working behind the counter had a particular way with his words... as in I could not understand anything he said. It was not a foreign language barrier thing, but a dialect thing. It was almost a deep backwoods south meets Ebonics.
That just sounds like you need an English-to-Yankee translator. :D
 
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This is coming from someone who has managed to decipher Cajun and New Orleans, backwoods KY. I had someone come into my office in KY and could not understand a word they were saying. I had to have the EM come up and translate for me so I could issue a permit. At the Y have overheard conversations that I knew were supposed to be in English but had no idea what they were saying.
 
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Maybe the guy from the BBQ joint was speaking Gullah? I've encountered a few people who spoke that down that way and that's one that always threw me.


When I was little my dad had a coworker who spoke a mix of regular ole boring English and Louisiana Creole. When he would call our house if me or my sister answered we had no idea what he was saying so we just yelled out, "Dad! It's for you!" When the guy would visit our house or when my dad would be on the phone with him for a while I could hear my dad's speech drifting in that direction. He says there were so many people from Louisiana or Mississippi in the factories in Detroit who moved up here in the '40s and '50s and '60s that he got used to it pretty quickly.

When I saw the farmer talking about the Shoshone Indian arrowheads in Napoleon Dynomite it reminded me of a few of the older farmers I knew when I was little. I could barely understand them when I was little.



^I imagine that Lyle, the farmer in the clip, is what all the folks coming into DVDNeal's office sound like! ;)
 

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I'll get a few like that. For the most part I just get people who sound like their drunk.
 
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