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(Bangor Daily News)   Dear SNL, we don't mind your "Gay couple from Maine" skit, but could you please get the accent right? Ayuh   (bangordailynews.com) divider line 41
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2012-11-12 06:11:58 PM  
Gitin the caw, Maw, we're gwin down tah Basst'n and kick some Yonkee ass!

But the show is made in Newyawk!

Taint possibul. Everything comes from Basst'n.
 
2012-11-12 07:06:57 PM  
New Orleans - home of the most misplaced accents on film. We sound more Brooklyn than Mississippi. There's no "Ya'll come back now, ya hear?" in these parts. You have to go far north or west in the state before people start sounding Southern. When I was a bartender in the Quarter I was constantly asked by tourists why I didn't have a redneck accent.

This is one of the reasons I love the HBO show Treme (same dude who did The Wire in Baltimore).

/sheeeit
 
2012-11-12 07:21:56 PM  
Fark it, I'm going in dry:

EVERY farking TV show and film depicts New Orleans as being drenched in an Alabama accent. Some CSI:NY episode (I think) re-ran the other day and the New Orleans detective tawked laik dis. I was ready to choke a motherf*ker before remembering that TV and film deal in stereotypes. Lawdy, being region-appropriate takes a back seat I guess.

FARK ALL OF YOU ADDING TO MY TOWN'S STEREOTYPES. I swear we're the most misunderstood place in the country.

OK, so I didn't go in dry, but I'm still pissed. Treme (the show) is the first piece of relatively popular film that I've seen that makes an effort to capture our culture. It's a good show, but likely a little slow for folks who aren't familiar with the city and her idiosyncrasies.

But it nails it, mostly.
 
2012-11-12 07:51:46 PM  
I mostly grew up in Maine and I can't do the accent either.
 
2012-11-12 08:19:46 PM  
backwoodshorror.com
 
2012-11-12 08:37:14 PM  
I was only half paying attention and thought they were from minnesota. gay lutefisk lovers, as it were
 
2012-11-12 08:48:00 PM  
One one my friends is from China, Maine.
I used to live near California, Pennsylvania. It's near Dallas. Met a girl from Mars there.
 
2012-11-12 08:51:16 PM  
That was painful to watch. All the ya's. It's two syllables, get it right!

Ayuh.
 
2012-11-12 08:53:16 PM  
The Dana Carvey show did better with "Skinheads from Maine."

"Whatcha whittlin?"
"Hate Stick."
 
2012-11-12 08:54:51 PM  
Sometimes dead is betta'..
 
2012-11-12 09:10:03 PM  
The only people in Maine who still speak with the really slow, thick, Pepperidge Farm guy-like accent are the elderly. Most non-ancient people who speak with the accent sound like this guy (skip to about :20).
 
2012-11-12 09:36:54 PM  

vudukungfu: One one my friends is from China, Maine.
I used to live near California, Pennsylvania. It's near Dallas. Met a girl from Mars there.


Did you two go to Intercourse?

/Dallas is nowhere near California.
 
2012-11-12 09:56:18 PM  

Fano: The Dana Carvey show did better with "Skinheads from Maine."

"Whatcha whittlin?"
"Hate Stick."


The two greatest skits they ever did on that show.

"He's a goodun. Ayuh."
 
2012-11-12 09:57:04 PM  
Apparently Californians have an accent. Someone explained it to me one time but it didn't make sense.
 
2012-11-12 10:10:53 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Apparently Californians have an accent. Someone explained it to me one time but it didn't make sense.


They do, but it's different in various areas. Chicago is the area without the accent (except for 5 Bears fans).
 
2012-11-12 10:12:19 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: vudukungfu: One one my friends is from China, Maine.
I used to live near California, Pennsylvania. It's near Dallas. Met a girl from Mars there.

Did you two go to Intercourse?

/Dallas is nowhere near California.


I hear if they don't follow the directions right, they might get to Blue Ball instead.
 
2012-11-12 10:35:00 PM  

Fano: The Dana Carvey show did better with "Skinheads from Maine."

"Whatcha whittlin?"
"Hate Stick."


"Nice sunset we're having"
"ayuh"
"Weather's only thing the Jews don't control"
"ayuh"
 
2012-11-12 11:18:03 PM  

Omahawg: I was only half paying attention and thought they were from minnesota. gay lutefisk lovers, as it were


I'm from Virginia, and pay attention to accents, and that's what I thought watching the skit.

of course, being from a urban area in Virginia, and being the product of a long term local, and a German immagrant, my "accent" is pretty nuetral as far as most are concerned.

then you get the folks that come and visit, most from the north, ( just pointing it out ) ask me where I am from, and reply, "right here, born and raised all my life"
well.. where is your accent?"

what type of accent are you expecting me to have? do yuu wanhnt tha, slow, reegal, drhawl ohf Hoss frhrom ghonsmohke,
erahra wahten sem kindah HI PITCHED TWANG y'all might get frem them there fancy talk'n movey picteers? Kez ah kin use any wich one that meks y'all's feel kermfertable.

or, you know, we could just talk, y'know.. normally...
 
2012-11-12 11:23:21 PM  
Mainer here.

The Southern part of the state is quite pretentious. Very much this:

cdn.someecards.com

Twenty miles up I95.. You reach interior/midcoast Maine. Which is very much this:

4.bp.blogspot.com

Forty miles past that, and you have a deliverance-like atmosphere, where the Dana Carvey sketches hold their roots. Very much this:

www.choosy-beggars.com


Thing is, most of us from Southern Maine (Northern Massachusetts) haven't even been to our capital in Augusta, which is mid-state. That's the canadian border to us. Bangor and beyond is sketchy. Maine should be divided into two states, really.

/So yeah, I'm a Mainer, not a Mainah. There are way more Mainers than Mainahs. Stereotypes only work in places like New Jersey, where they're accurate.
 
2012-11-12 11:30:33 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Apparently Californians have an accent. Someone explained it to me one time but it didn't make sense.


Mexican?

/runs
 
2012-11-12 11:35:40 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Fano: The Dana Carvey show did better with "Skinheads from Maine."

"Whatcha whittlin?"
"Hate Stick."

"Nice sunset we're having"
"ayuh"
"Weather's only thing the Jews don't control"
"ayuh"


BTW, and not that it means anything, but I read all of Amos Quito's posts in the voice of those guys.

Holy cow, Carell and Colbert in the same show? How did it fail?

I also liked the skit with the Pied Piper bringing out the Montana Freemen
 
2012-11-13 01:23:31 AM  
In fairness, Maine has a few accents. Down East. Skiddah tahk if you're up north, then you have Southern Maine which is nowhere near Down Eastah. You'd think that SNL might have at least taken a look at Tim Sample or Schooner Fare to try to get the accent near on par...
 
2012-11-13 01:35:55 AM  

McBotulism: The only people in Maine who still speak with the really slow, thick, Pepperidge Farm guy-like accent are the elderly. Most non-ancient people who speak with the accent sound like this guy (skip to about :20).


Up north, it is a whole different ball game with accents. Skiddah can have entire sentences with barely a single consonant, and more along the lines of glottal stops, as opposed to fricatives. It is a we-ahd dialect, that omits hard consonants with very soft stops. Weird enough that it nearly sounds like a whole different language when you hear it. Weird become we-ah'd with a very soft drop on the d. Plosives are sometimes even hard to spot. It's a dialect that is easy to fall into, if you have any background with the accent of Northern Maine, and often played up for folks from Away to be neigh incomprehensible.
 
2012-11-13 01:43:33 AM  
I grew up in North Florida, and there is a southern accent people have there. I always had a pretty neutral accent, but when I moved to Canada, people acted like I was speaking moon language. It turned out that I did have an accent.

And now when I go back home, everyone laughs at me because now I apparently sound Canadian.
 
2012-11-13 02:00:00 AM  
I was lucky enough to study with Jay Hoar at UMaine Farmington, back when it was just known as Fahmington to the locals, and Jay was one of those fantastic linguists who treasured the regional dialects for their own innate beauty. He was very much a fan of the English language, and its progression and development. He had an entire lecture entitled "Ain't is Beautiful word" and with his thick Maine accent it was absolutely fantastic. His ear was tuned so well, that he could place folks within about 50 miles from where they grew up, and even where they might have moved to, and about when they did so. He wasn't just good with folks from the County or Down East, but all across the country. He even nailed me as an Army brat, spending some in Texas and Louisiana and central South Carolina--as opposed to the coast--before settling down in Maine in my teens. He even placed that I'd spent a stint overseas. Jay was a masterful champion for regional dialects, and their strength as markers for cultural identity, and while he mourned the passing of many accents and dialects, he also was excited by mixing and blending of regionals into new forms, as folks migrated, met and influenced one another. The greatest villain in his mind, was the homogenization of dialects artificially--BBC English, American Broadcast, and the like--as they are artificial constructs that have little bearing on how dialects form naturally. Jay was an amazing professor, and the only member of the Farmington faculty to ever have a building named after them while still alive--though, to be fair, by the time I got to UMF he'd been at the school for about 50 years, between his student days there, and then returning as faculty. I sincerely think he'd have been flummoxed by the SNL attempt, but I think he might have at least appreciated the intent...
 
2012-11-13 03:25:30 AM  
I used to work with a guy from New Orleans. He talked just like the rest of us except when he said "Naaawwwwlins"
 
2012-11-13 03:33:31 AM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: Mainer here.

The Southern part of the state is quite pretentious. Very much this:

[cdn.someecards.com image 425x237]

Twenty miles up I95.. You reach interior/midcoast Maine. Which is very much this:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 300x210]

Forty miles past that, and you have a deliverance-like atmosphere, where the Dana Carvey sketches hold their roots. Very much this:

[www.choosy-beggars.com image 500x368]


Thing is, most of us from Southern Maine (Northern Massachusetts) haven't even been to our capital in Augusta, which is mid-state. That's the canadian border to us. Bangor and beyond is sketchy. Maine should be divided into two states, really.

/So yeah, I'm a Mainer, not a Mainah. There are way more Mainers than Mainahs. Stereotypes only work in places like New Jersey, where they're accurate.


You must understand that a good amount of the New Jersey stereotypes come from Staten Island.
 
2012-11-13 04:42:31 AM  
Ugh, some of the Hawaii accents I hear (or use of Pidgin) in movies/tv shows, can be paaainful.
 
2012-11-13 07:39:08 AM  
Ahh, Maine full of French Canadians but they still can't pronounce Calais right, (Hint it rhymes with Dallas in Maine) of course the rest of the country can't pronounce Bangor.
 
2012-11-13 08:13:38 AM  
I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?
 
2012-11-13 08:35:04 AM  

Tom_Slick: Ahh, Maine full of French Canadians but they still can't pronounce Calais right, (Hint it rhymes with Dallas in Maine) of course the rest of the country can't pronounce Bangor.


The TV show American Loggers was hilarious. They all had French names that they pronounced in English. One guy had such a French accent they had to use sub-titles. They hauled those American logs to Quebec.
 
2012-11-13 08:38:31 AM  

doczoidberg: I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?


Bloody cold in the winter. Then mud season. Then black fly season. Summer is nice for a week or two. Then it gets cold and snows again.

/Kidding
// Not really.
 
2012-11-13 08:50:18 AM  

doczoidberg: I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?


Q: What is the difference between a moose and a woman from Bangor?
A: 300 pounds and a flannel shirt.

/told to me by a guy in Portland
 
2012-11-13 08:53:50 AM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: Mainer here.

The Southern part of the state is quite pretentious. Very much this:

[cdn.someecards.com image 425x237]

Twenty miles up I95.. You reach interior/midcoast Maine. Which is very much this:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 300x210]

Forty miles past that, and you have a deliverance-like atmosphere, where the Dana Carvey sketches hold their roots. Very much this:

[www.choosy-beggars.com image 500x368]


Thing is, most of us from Southern Maine (Northern Massachusetts) haven't even been to our capital in Augusta, which is mid-state. That's the canadian border to us. Bangor and beyond is sketchy. Maine should be divided into two states, really.

/So yeah, I'm a Mainer, not a Mainah. There are way more Mainers than Mainahs. Stereotypes only work in places like New Jersey, where they're accurate.


Piscataquis County (Dover-Foxcroft/Sebec Lake region) is the only county in Maine (maybe even New England, I'm not sure) that voted Romney. Same as '08 when they were the only ones to go McCain.
 
2012-11-13 10:45:11 AM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: Mainer here.

The Southern part of the state is quite pretentious. Very much this:

[cdn.someecards.com image 425x237]

Twenty miles up I95.. You reach interior/midcoast Maine. Which is very much this:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 300x210]

Forty miles past that, and you have a deliverance-like atmosphere, where the Dana Carvey sketches hold their roots. Very much this:

[www.choosy-beggars.com image 500x368]


Thing is, most of us from Southern Maine (Northern Massachusetts) haven't even been to our capital in Augusta, which is mid-state. That's the canadian border to us. Bangor and beyond is sketchy. Maine should be divided into two states, really.

/So yeah, I'm a Mainer, not a Mainah. There are way more Mainers than Mainahs. Stereotypes only work in places like New Jersey, where they're accurate.


I was born and Raised in Southern Maine (Portland and Ogunquit) and don't have a Maine accent. I can do a wicked impression though.

My mom has moved gradually north over the past couple decades. You're right. It's gets awfully strange when you get into the sticks.

Another place unexpectedly full of scary Deliverance types: upstate New York.
 
2012-11-13 10:53:36 AM  

soopey: doczoidberg: I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?

Bloody cold in the winter. Then mud season. Then black fly season. Summer is nice for a week or two. Then it gets cold and snows again.

/Kidding
// Not really.


My grandmother always described it as "nine months of winter and three months of poor sledding".

But seriously, the coast of southern Maine is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit.
 
2012-11-13 12:17:31 PM  

good_2_go: The TV show American Loggers was hilarious. They all had French names that they pronounced in English. One guy had such a French accent they had to use sub-titles. They hauled those American logs to Quebec.


I grew up with those guys so I had no problems with the translation
 
2012-11-13 06:29:56 PM  
SNL is frequently wrong about regional accents & dialects. They did a sketch based in Michigan once and everybody did some sort of weird cross between a Boston accent and Chicago accent.

We do not sound like that in Michigan. Not even close.
 
2012-11-13 08:33:03 PM  

Angry Buddha: soopey: doczoidberg: I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?

Bloody cold in the winter. Then mud season. Then black fly season. Summer is nice for a week or two. Then it gets cold and snows again.

/Kidding
// Not really.

My grandmother always described it as "nine months of winter and three months of poor sledding".

But seriously, the coast of southern Maine is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit.


Not that you're wrong but the coast gets far more credit than it deserves. There are parts of Maine far from the ocean that are breathtaking.

And when I read 'coast of Southern Maine' I think Old Orchard Beach. Yuck.
 
2012-11-13 09:34:50 PM  

John Buck 41: Angry Buddha: soopey: doczoidberg: I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?

Bloody cold in the winter. Then mud season. Then black fly season. Summer is nice for a week or two. Then it gets cold and snows again.

/Kidding
// Not really.

My grandmother always described it as "nine months of winter and three months of poor sledding".

But seriously, the coast of southern Maine is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit.

Not that you're wrong but the coast gets far more credit than it deserves. There are parts of Maine far from the ocean that are breathtaking.

And when I read 'coast of Southern Maine' I think Old Orchard Beach. Yuck.


OOB is a shiathole and an anomaly. I won't argue that. But, Ogunquit, Wells, and Kennebunk Port are breathtaking and quintessential Maine.

Then, drive 30 minutes north to Portland and have a beer and some seafood in the Old Port.

TLDR version: tourist!
 
2012-11-13 10:03:41 PM  

Angry Buddha: John Buck 41: Angry Buddha: soopey: doczoidberg: I've always wanted to visit Maine.

What's it like there?

Bloody cold in the winter. Then mud season. Then black fly season. Summer is nice for a week or two. Then it gets cold and snows again.

/Kidding
// Not really.

My grandmother always described it as "nine months of winter and three months of poor sledding".

But seriously, the coast of southern Maine is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit.

Not that you're wrong but the coast gets far more credit than it deserves. There are parts of Maine far from the ocean that are breathtaking.

And when I read 'coast of Southern Maine' I think Old Orchard Beach. Yuck.

OOB is a shiathole and an anomaly. I won't argue that. But, Ogunquit, Wells, and Kennebunk Port are breathtaking and quintessential Maine.

Then, drive 30 minutes north to Portland and have a beer and some seafood in the Old Port.

TLDR version: tourist!


York Beach is like OOB with a lot less cheesiness. But check out Washington County for some hidden gems, and obviously Baxter State Park (early or late season only)

Sorry, I'm one of those Northern Maine/Southern Maine zealots. They really are 2 separate states.
 
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