The Coffee House

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "Where are you from?"

    "My mother"

    end of discussion!


     
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  2. snowbear

    snowbear fuzzy-wuzzy Supporting Member

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    "Dave. What are you doing, Dave" -- HAL, 2010

    Why, donchooknow, I'm from Bawler, Merlin,
     
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    snowbear fuzzy-wuzzy Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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  4. snowbear

    snowbear fuzzy-wuzzy Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    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).
     
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    snowbear fuzzy-wuzzy Supporting Member

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    My father in law (Midwestern) still refers to soft drinks as SodiPop.
     
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    davidharmier60 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    All well and good. I be fixin to go to work.


    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G890A using Tapatalk
     
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  9. Dean_Gretsch

    Dean_Gretsch Always looking... Supporting Member

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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.
     
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    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,
     
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    we're so boring here. We all sound the same. Except we can't understand anyone from Quebec or Newfoundland.
     
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    ceemac No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    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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