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"Where are you from?"
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"Dave. What are you doing, Dave" -- HAL, 2010
Why, donchooknow, I'm from Bawler, Merlin,
There is a statue of William Wallace ("Braveheart") in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. One year after the annual memorial service at the statue, my parents and I went to the Inner Harbor, a series of shops and restaurants along with the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center. We were in kilts and getting a few stares and smiles (from the lasses). While standing at a fudge shop, watching the guys performing (tossing the paddles in the air and chanting), one of them saw dad in his kilt, and asked him to say something. I don't recall exactly what dad said, but the fudge man said "I love your accent!" Dad replied "Oh, you like a DC accent?" --Crickets.
Two different states!
There's a big difference in the local accents and dialects of the Baltimore area are different from Maryland's DC suburbs. The people in the three southern MD counties (that have been there a while) and the Eastern Shore (DelMarVa peninsula - east side of the Chesapeake Bay) have a slightly different accent, though it tends to sound more like Baltimore.
There is definitely a difference. I lived in Pittsburgh for 4 years and that is one of the dialects that rubbed off on me. Not so much the pronunciation, but some vocabulary and a few weird grammatical structures. The only real pronunciation that I changed was for the name of Andrew Carnegie. Growing up in NY, I always heard of "CARnegie Hall" and assumed that was also the pronunciation of the man's name. Alas, it is not. It's 'car-NEG-ie.' I still use the NY pronuncation for the concert hall in Manhattan, but otherwise, it's the Pittsburgh (and probably correct) pronunciation.
As for phrases: "My hair needs cut." or "The cats need fed." Also, sidewalks and roads can be "slippy" in the winter.
Some things that did NOT stick: gumband (for rubber band), pop (for soda), or adding an 'r' to words that didn't already have one (warsh the car).
pop? Is Your Significant Other A Foreigner? Do You Speak His/Her Language?
My father in law (Midwestern) still refers to soft drinks as SodiPop.
All well and good. I be fixin to go to work.
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My other half lived in Ft Myers, Fla for many years after moving to the states from England. We went to a local restaurant where our waitress was very young and inexperienced in life. During one of her stops at our table, she looked at Katrina and asked " Where are you from?". Being me, I couldn't resist and said " Florida. Can't you tell by the tan?". The poor girl had such a look of confusion! I got a smack on the arm for that one.
This is strange as I thought this was unique only to SE Missouri's Bootheel. I grew up hearing this and still do it today,
we're so boring here. We all sound the same. Except we can't understand anyone from Quebec or Newfoundland.
Got up early this morning. We just took down half a dozen trees to "firesmart" our property. Now we need darker curtains. It's a stunning morning here. -4C, Sunshine and blue sky. Lots of love from the sun bouncing off fresh snow.
Snow blower's still frozen to the driveway, tho.
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