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(Mental Floss)   When you mock someone's accent, you come off as an idiot. Not because you're being a jerk. It's because you're doing it wrong   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 154
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2013-07-29 06:27:32 PM  
Or you're an effing billionaire.

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2013-07-29 06:52:34 PM  
Headrine not velly funny.
 
2013-07-29 06:52:58 PM  
Stewpid minky
 
2013-07-29 06:53:10 PM  
Ah wern't gonna comment, but ahm afixin' ta mash down on this here enter key an say y'all don tak rat, nohow. Howzcum y'all be makin fun o aksinse?
 
2013-07-29 06:53:25 PM  
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2013-07-29 06:54:03 PM  
So we're speaking English incorrectly incorrectly.
 
2013-07-29 06:55:06 PM  
Right right right
 
2013-07-29 06:55:49 PM  
What about using accent as a synonym for dialect?
 
2013-07-29 06:56:03 PM  
I'm Georgian and have never heard someone say "liketa". Maybe it's an Bama thing.
 
2013-07-29 06:56:07 PM  
One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.
 
2013-07-29 06:56:24 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Or you're an effing billionaire.

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The Wendy's ads - "Next is svimvear.  Very nice."  were done quite well, actually.  They either got lucky or had someone who knew Russian well on that.
 
2013-07-29 06:56:54 PM  

Dragonflew: So we're speaking English incorrectly incorrectly.


yes you are. what we should be doing is speaking English precisely incorrectly correctly

/ @_@ whaaa?
 
2013-07-29 06:59:14 PM  
I got told I have the same inflection as Loretta Lynn by a Time Warner customer service rep today so I'm getting a kick out of this thread....
 
2013-07-29 07:03:02 PM  
I were't gun t'go off a'farkin, but then I hankered fer'a nappin' instead. I reckon I'll be regrettin' it later.
 
2013-07-29 07:04:07 PM  
Accept? Perhaps I might have picked something up when I was in London a few whiffens past.
 
2013-07-29 07:05:15 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


The easiest way to acquire a new accent is by mocking it. He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.
 
2013-07-29 07:06:10 PM  
That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.
 
2013-07-29 07:13:11 PM  

gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.


I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks
 
2013-07-29 07:17:11 PM  
Perhaps the author should have brought up those lovable old Brits.  The English butcher English far more thoroughly than any other culture.
 
2013-07-29 07:18:28 PM  
Hey Subby, stop using blaming me for something I did not do!
 
2013-07-29 07:19:00 PM  

talkertopc: What about using accent as a synonym for dialect?


It's more properly a patois.
 
2013-07-29 07:19:01 PM  

gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.


Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".
 
2013-07-29 07:19:44 PM  
Being from Minnesota, I occasionally get requests from my out of state clients / contacts to do a "Fargo" accent (like most Twin City residents, I have one, but it's not nearly as thick as those found in the rural areas).

When I really turn it on though, I'm told I do an awesome Jerry Lundegaard.

/ "Ok then, I'll fax those right on over to ya."
// "Real good!"
 
2013-07-29 07:23:03 PM  
Ho Ree Fuk!
 
2013-07-29 07:23:13 PM  

BlousyBrown: I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks


Once I started moving around the state I started picking up a knack for just what exit off the Thruway someone is from. And on Long Island I can usually guess what school district they grew up in or the next one over.

/no such thing as New York accent anymore anyway though
 
2013-07-29 07:23:20 PM  
One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.

ouch
 
2013-07-29 07:25:25 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".


If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.
 
2013-07-29 07:25:37 PM  
What about "axe" instead of "ask"?
 
2013-07-29 07:27:26 PM  
a sad day when one can not mock sister kissers and cousin lovers, ya'll
 
2013-07-29 07:30:10 PM  
Man the brits will never get over Dick Van Dyke.

OK we get it, he was bad.

Just let it go.
 
2013-07-29 07:32:03 PM  
I bin a-hootin' and a-hollerin' 'bout this here that it likta give me the vapors.......
 
2013-07-29 07:32:05 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".

If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.


Wista? Besides, the accent is more of a class thing for Boston. I am pure lace curtain
 
2013-07-29 07:33:27 PM  

jigger: One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.

ouch


Leaving aside that it sounds retarded, it's a more effecient use of syllables than "used to be able to" you must admit.
 
2013-07-29 07:34:26 PM  
Being able to talk with an Australian accent == being an Australian or New Zealander

No wonder Australians are taking over your entertainment industry. Well, there's that and actually receiving a tertiary-level training in drama.
 
2013-07-29 07:35:40 PM  

BlousyBrown: I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks


So you're from upstate NY, huh?

/Ducks
 
2013-07-29 07:36:45 PM  
Hahaha verrrry funny.  Verrrrrrry funny.  I make a special won ton soup for you......
 
2013-07-29 07:37:30 PM  
Here in Connecticut I have spoken with numerous people who use "for" in place of "so"

For example they might say : I am going to the store for I can get something to eat.
 
2013-07-29 07:39:43 PM  
BTW subby, none of the three things discussed in the article are accents. They are, as TFA calls them in the freaking title, dialect issues.
 
2013-07-29 07:39:54 PM  
You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It's just common sense
 
2013-07-29 07:40:31 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


I had the opposite experience a few months back. I was working at a charity function, attempting to get people to buy some tickets for some shiat or other and this woman, who had been drinking, starts effecting what I took to be her attempt at my accent. Now I'm Scottish and she was weaving from posh English to Cockney so it wasn't a very good impression. Nevertheless, she kept it up for quite a while, which was somewhat disconcerting. Eventually, much later, she apologized (realized we both had kids in the same grade at same school) but it was an odd aural assault from someone in an aggressive manner.
 
2013-07-29 07:42:19 PM  
I grew up in South Jersey. I am so glad that I learned to speak English by emulating the presenters on PBS instead of from the people in South Jersey.

/I want a glass of wooder.
 
2013-07-29 07:42:24 PM  
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2013-07-29 07:44:31 PM  
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2013-07-29 07:44:52 PM  
I'm from Southeastern MA, Right on the RI border... It's a pretty strong accent. A Boston accent that's more guttural than nasally.

I once worked at a call center for a national student travel agency and nothing made me laugh more than folks from Texas and other parts of the South telling me I had a funny accent.
 
2013-07-29 07:45:32 PM  

RexTalionis: I grew up in South Jersey. I am so glad that I learned to speak English by emulating the presenters on PBS instead of from the people in South Jersey.

/I want a glass of wooder.


Do you sound like Gwen Ifill?
 
2013-07-29 07:45:54 PM  

TomD9938: Being from Minnesota, I occasionally get requests from my out of state clients / contacts to do a "Fargo" accent (like most Twin City residents, I have one, but it's not nearly as thick as those found in the rural areas).

When I really turn it on though, I'm told I do an awesome Jerry Lundegaard.

/ "Ok then, I'll fax those right on over to ya."
// "Real good!"


"The heck ya mean?!?"
 
2013-07-29 07:46:25 PM  

meat0918: What about "axe" instead of "ask"?



That's simple metathesis.
 
2013-07-29 07:49:37 PM  

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2013-07-29 07:50:18 PM  
The locals here in Salisbury, NC love to use "come" instead of "came" and "blasedy blasedy" instead of "blah blah."
 
2013-07-29 07:51:37 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: "The heck d'ya mean?!?"


FTFY.

/ dontcha know...
 
2013-07-29 07:52:02 PM  
Sounds like authentic frontier gibberish to me.
 
2013-07-29 07:52:16 PM  

stirfrybry: Here in Connecticut I have spoken with numerous people who use "for" in place of "so"

For example they might say : I am going to the store for I can get something to eat.


wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com

What for you bury me in the cold, cold ground?
 
2013-07-29 07:53:33 PM  

puffy999: [i.imgur.com image 520x315]


Oh wow, that's a real German word...
 
2013-07-29 07:54:08 PM  
How all y'all doin'?
 
2013-07-29 07:57:36 PM  

Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?


all y'all is the plural
 
2013-07-29 07:58:34 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: One of my daily coffee buddies is from the UK.  He'll start mocking the way we say things, both the accent and the terminology, so I just start doing the same thing back at him.  It's great fun.

/flapjacks are pancakes, not oat cakes, damnit.


Unless he speaks with a proper London accent (not Cockney though) he has no business mocking the way anyone else speaks. Most of the British are appalling speakers of English.
 
2013-07-29 07:59:53 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Debeo Summa Credo: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".

If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.

Wista? Besides, the accent is more of a class thing for Boston. I am pure lace curtain


Yes.

And based on the urban dictionary for "lace curtain", I guess I am too as I moved away and lost my accent.

Did you not have an accent growing up?
 
2013-07-29 08:03:04 PM  
When you mock someone's accent, you come off as an idiot. Not because you're being a jerk. It's because you're doing it wrongall ate up.

I fixed it fer ye, Yankee boy.
 
2013-07-29 08:07:02 PM  

uknowzit: Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?

all y'all is the plural


Bless your heart!

/Georgia native.
 
2013-07-29 08:14:09 PM  
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2013-07-29 08:14:53 PM  
/Georgia native.


Whatever.

/Georgia native
 
2013-07-29 08:21:05 PM  
Linguistics was my favorite class in college. If I thought there was any hope for a career there I'd have switched my major.
 
2013-07-29 08:22:45 PM  
All 3 examples are part of the native Texan dialect.
 
2013-07-29 08:22:45 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Would you pick an accent and stick with it!?
 
2013-07-29 08:26:02 PM  

keylock71: I'm from Southeastern MA, Right on the RI border... It's a pretty strong accent. A Boston accent that's more guttural than nasally.


Me too - it took me a while to stop saying "So don't I."

/wicked pissa
 
2013-07-29 08:26:27 PM  
When you confuse "dialect" with "accent," you come off as an idiot, subby.
 
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2013-07-29 08:28:34 PM  

jigger: One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.



A similar one makes me twitch: "might could".
Go for a hike?
Sure, but it might could rain. Let's go to a movie.
 
2013-07-29 08:29:32 PM  

emotion_lotion: Man the brits will never get over Dick Van Dyke.

OK we get it, he was bad.

Just let it go.


That's Penis Van Lesbian to you.
 
2013-07-29 08:30:32 PM  
It's hilarious when Hollywood actors try to do New England accents, like everyone in The Departed except Mark Wahlberg(he's a native of Dorchester) and especially Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days.

Unless you grew up here, you'll never get it right.

--
BMO
 
2013-07-29 08:30:37 PM  

tarheel07: The locals here in Salisbury, NC love to use "come" instead of "came"


Like "give" instead of "gave," as in, "You like my hat? My boyfriend give it to me."

I always thought that was just a sign of someone's lack of intelligence (like putting a "t" on the end of "cousin"), anyone I know who does that is really, really stupid.
 
2013-07-29 08:32:50 PM  

DubtodaIll: I'm Georgian and have never heard someone say "liketa". Maybe it's an Bama thing.


If it is, it's not just from the South proper; it's fairly common in at least some parts of Appalachia as well.

Fix or fixin', used to mean either "preparing to take some action" or "making something," is the one that drives my (Michigan-born) wife nuts.  Unfortunately it's also one of the few major features of the dialect that I can't seem to turn off, especially in reference to cooking.
 
2013-07-29 08:37:55 PM  

Wasteland: If it is, it's not just from the South proper; it's fairly common in at least some parts of Appalachia as well.


I hear it and say it a lot.
/SE Ky accent here.
 
2013-07-29 08:39:46 PM  

uknowzit: Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?

all y'all is the plural


A lot of folks in linguistics are in favor of having "y'all" as the second-person plural, to differentiate from the second-person singular.  I've seen it used in a number of linguistics books when giving sentence glosses from other languages.

"Y'all" being the plural, "all y'all" should technically mean each individual of that plural ("each of y'all").
 
2013-07-29 08:45:42 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Debeo Summa Credo: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.

Likewise, as a suburban middle-class kid 20 miles west of Boston, I've heard "I though you'd talk like the Kennedys".

If you grew up 20 miles west of Boston, and didn't leave there long ago, you'd still have a very noticeable accent.

/grew up 35 miles west of Boston
//still have traces of the accent, 20 yeahs laytah.

Wista? Besides, the accent is more of a class thing for Boston. I am pure lace curtain

Yes.

And based on the urban dictionary for "lace curtain", I guess I am too as I moved away and lost my accent.

Did you not have an accent growing up?


Nope, never really had. living in wormtown now (if you call it "living"), I can hear the difference between my self and the other accents, despite growing up a stone's throw away.
 
2013-07-29 08:45:51 PM  
The linked Yale study has this gem from my hometown:

"...and you don't none of y'all work as hard as I do " (Multiple subjects, Negative concord)
 
2013-07-29 08:45:57 PM  
www.travel-golf.org
 
2013-07-29 08:46:59 PM  

bubo_sibiricus: It's hilarious when Hollywood actors try to do New England accents, like everyone in The Departed except Mark Wahlberg(he's a native of Dorchester) and especially Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days.

Unless you grew up here, you'll never get it right.

--
BMO


I don't believe I've ever heard a West Virginian accent done right in movies. Although, I don't remember Matewan very well.
 
2013-07-29 08:47:13 PM  
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/it's all about pronunciation
 
2013-07-29 08:47:33 PM  
www.andyandnoreen.com
 
2013-07-29 08:51:15 PM  
 
2013-07-29 08:51:37 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: jigger: One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.

ouch

Leaving aside that it sounds retarded, it's a more effecient use of syllables than "used to be able to" you must admit.


Modal verbs suck.  Or rather, the way Germanic languages treat modal verbs suck.  It's idiotic that you can't conjugate "can" in English the way you can the equivalent verb in other languages (such as "poder" in Spanish).

There's also "might could" and other double modals.
 
2013-07-29 08:53:18 PM  
In the Pacific Northwest, a "Half Rack" is a 12 pack of beer.

/I have nothing to add
//but a halfrack.
 
2013-07-29 08:55:58 PM  
BlousyBrown:
I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks

I went through the same thing when I was in Oregon. The moment I said New York when asked where I was from, I got "why don't you have an accent?" as well as a stupid joke about how I wasn't rude enough to be from NY.

/NJ doesn't believe upstate exists either
 
2013-07-29 09:04:08 PM  

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2013-07-29 09:04:45 PM  

firsttiger: I went through the same thing when I was in Oregon. The moment I said New York when asked where I was from, I got "why don't you have an accent?" as well as a stupid joke about how I wasn't rude enough to be from NY.


Shut up and get me some steamed hams.

/Oregonian
 
2013-07-29 09:07:20 PM  

puffy999: firsttiger: I went through the same thing when I was in Oregon. The moment I said New York when asked where I was from, I got "why don't you have an accent?" as well as a stupid joke about how I wasn't rude enough to be from NY.

Shut up and get me some steamed hams.


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2013-07-29 09:09:50 PM  

Fano: bubo_sibiricus: It's hilarious when Hollywood actors try to do New England accents, like everyone in The Departed except Mark Wahlberg(he's a native of Dorchester) and especially Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days.

Unless you grew up here, you'll never get it right.

--
BMO

I don't believe I've ever heard a West Virginian accent done right in movies. Although, I don't remember Matewan very well.


It's as if you have to had some exposure to hillbillies in your youth or or come from some other English-speaking country to do that accent even passably.
 
2013-07-29 09:21:34 PM  
eh?
 
2013-07-29 09:33:19 PM  

firsttiger: BlousyBrown:
I have heard the same thing from people about how I don't have an accent. Those people are morans that don't seem to be aware of the entire state that exists above N.Y.C. Jerks

I went through the same thing when I was in Oregon. The moment I said New York when asked where I was from, I got "why don't you have an accent?" as well as a stupid joke about how I wasn't rude enough to be from NY.

/NJ doesn't believe upstate exists either


Funny, I just moved to Oregon. Been getting the same comments. Now, when people ask where I'm from, I say New York STATE.
 
2013-07-29 09:36:03 PM  
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2013-07-29 09:55:38 PM  
I am a New Yorker.In San Diego,for the past 27 years.I still have my accent.People call me on it all the time.What paht a bahsten you from? I just tell them East Encinitas(A town here in S.D.)
 
2013-07-29 10:00:15 PM  

WordyGrrl: He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.


He still sounds Bri'ish but his homies already mock him for a transatlantic accent.

stellarossa: Now I'm Scottish and she was weaving from posh English to Cockney


You could have gone full Scots-English on her but since you were working a charity event that might have had a detrimental effect.

kg2095: Most of the British are appalling speakers of English


Buddy is from Brighton but is university educated so he has a clear, English accent without it being BBC  English.
 
2013-07-29 10:02:00 PM  
DNRTFA, just wondering who else is sent into a murderous rage by the new Dannon commercials with the big bimbo with the fake New York accent
 
2013-07-29 10:04:35 PM  

Sneakytoes: DNRTFA, just wondering who else is sent into a murderous rage by the new Dannon commercials with the big bimbo with the fake New York accent


i wanna meet the cow that made this
 
2013-07-29 10:07:46 PM  

jigger: One southern phrase that hurts my ears is "used to could."

Can you do a split?

Not anymore, but I used to could.

ouch


This one. The first time I heard that, I just stared at her for a few moments; I think my brain had seized.

W.C.fields forever: I am a New Yorker.In San Diego,for the past 27 years.I still have my accent.People call me on it all the time.What paht a bahsten you from? I just tell them East Encinitas(A town here in S.D.)


I get that sometimes and just run people into a frenzy:

A: You ain't from around here, are you?
Me: Roanoke (Virginia).
A: No, I mean originally.
Me: Puerto Rico.
A: [Starting to look confused] I mean where'd you live before here?
Me: Colorado.

If they're lucky, they'll hit on "Where were you raised?" and then I'll give 'em "Long Island".* Otherwise, they usually get frustrated and just stop asking stupid questions.

* This confuses them, too, because I don't pronounce it "Lawn Guyland" unless I am tired, when my accent comes in thick.
 
2013-07-29 10:18:51 PM  
ArcadianRefugee:

W.C.fields forever: I am a New Yorker.In San Diego,for the past 27 years.I still have my accent.People call me on it all the time.What paht a bahsten you from? I just tell them East Encinitas(A town here in S.D.)

I get that sometimes and just run people into a frenzy:

A: You ain't from around here, are you?
Me: Roanoke (Virginia).
A: No, I mean originally.
Me: Puerto Rico.
A: [Starting to look confused] I mean where'd you live before here?
Me: Colorado.

If they're lucky, they'll hit on "Where were you raised?" and then I'll give 'em "Long Island".* Otherwise, they usually get frustrated and just stop asking stupid questions.

* This confuses them, too, because I don't pronounce it "Lawn Guyland" unless I am tired, when my accent comes in thick.


Thats funny.They called me 'The Freakin' Puerto Rican' in High School.

/Northport.
 
2013-07-29 10:21:38 PM  
I'm told that after a few drinks I sound like the bastard child of Chicago and Boston (and given my linguistic background, that would be a reasonable statement).  You'd think that would have made me a teetotaller, but it has not.
 
2013-07-29 10:22:56 PM  

TomD9938: Being from Minnesota, I occasionally get requests from my out of state clients / contacts to do a "Fargo" accent (like most Twin City residents, I have one, but it's not nearly as thick as those found in the rural areas).

When I really turn it on though, I'm told I do an awesome Jerry Lundegaard.

/ "Ok then, I'll fax those right on over to ya."
// "Real good!"


Being from Texas, living in Minnesota, I've found I have lost most traces of accent.
I bugs me to hear people say "Want to come with?"  I don't say coke when asking for a Dr Pepper anymore.  I haven't uttered "fixin to" in years. I don't use a long a sound in the word bag.  I hear my family's accent back in Texas just as clearly Minnesotan.  There is one last vestige I refuse to give up. Y'all.  All y'all people that use the term "you guys" to describe mixed gender groups or even to address a group of females, are just being rude!
 
2013-07-29 10:26:03 PM  
Osama BIN Laden. Am I a-right?
 
2013-07-29 10:30:31 PM  

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2013-07-29 10:31:14 PM  

divx88: Sounds like authentic frontier gibberish to me.


I think that guy needs a frontier psychiatrist.
 
2013-07-29 10:33:54 PM  

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2013-07-29 10:36:00 PM  

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2013-07-29 10:36:09 PM  
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2013-07-29 10:44:12 PM  
My favorite example is a local sports radio personality (who's white and a former NFL player) that unconsciously changes his entire speech pattern and word choices only when he interviews a black person. It's so painfully obvious to everyone, but himself and his program director apparently, that he's doing this. Of course, he's also using outdated slang and that's extra cringe worthy. "I totally agree" = "Tru dat." Ugh.
 
2013-07-29 10:47:33 PM  
"Where's that at?"
Irritating.
 
2013-07-29 10:49:09 PM  

Combustion: In the Pacific Northwest, a "Half Rack" is a 12 pack of beer.

/I have nothing to add
//but a halfrack.


The only PNW regionalism I can really pinpoint is the word "spendy."  Used where the rest of the country would say "pricey."
 
2013-07-29 10:50:04 PM  

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Only oe of those pictures would have gotten your point across.  The rest was just gratuitous - and boring.


Why would you post this?
 
2013-07-29 10:50:57 PM  

Betep: "Where's that at?"
Irritating.


Perfectly acceptable.
 
2013-07-29 10:51:53 PM  

uknowzit: Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?

all y'all is the plural


No, "y'all" is plural.  "all y'all" means "all of you," which is distinct from "you (plural)."
 
2013-07-29 10:55:26 PM  

picturescrazy: Betep: "Where's that at?"
Irritating.

Perfectly acceptable.


A where dat?
 
2013-07-29 10:58:43 PM  

Wasteland: DubtodaIll: I'm Georgian and have never heard someone say "liketa". Maybe it's an Bama thing.

If it is, it's not just from the South proper; it's fairly common in at least some parts of Appalachia as well.

Fix or fixin', used to mean either "preparing to take some action" or "making something," is the one that drives my (Michigan-born) wife nuts.


Why should "fixing to" bother anyone?   It's a perfectly normal usage, like "fix lunch."  You're just using a verbal noun instead of a (regular) noun.  It's no more "wrong" than, say, to use "love" with both "I love to fish" and "I love fish."
 
2013-07-29 11:01:33 PM  

Buggar: All y'all people that use the term "you guys" to describe mixed gender groups or even to address a group of females, are just being rude!


I spent a brief period of my life in the southern part of the US, and got chastised for that quite a bit, never stopped me though  ;)
 
2013-07-29 11:05:35 PM  

ciberido: It's no more "wrong" than, say, ... "I love fish."


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2013-07-29 11:24:30 PM  

wellreadneck: Fano: bubo_sibiricus: It's hilarious when Hollywood actors try to do New England accents, like everyone in The Departed except Mark Wahlberg(he's a native of Dorchester) and especially Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days.

Unless you grew up here, you'll never get it right.

--
BMO

I don't believe I've ever heard a West Virginian accent done right in movies. Although, I don't remember Matewan very well.

It's as if you have to had some exposure to hillbillies in your youth or or come from some other English-speaking country to do that accent even passably.


West Virginian dialect is a peculiar blend of southern hillbilly, with some harder accent from Pittsburg mixed in. It usually gets represented as a full southern drawl.
 
2013-07-29 11:25:52 PM  
 
2013-07-29 11:27:21 PM  
HE SAID THE SHERIFF IS NEAR

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2013-07-29 11:41:32 PM  

Guuberre: uknowzit: Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?

all y'all is the plural

Bless your heart!

/Georgia native.


Fano: wellreadneck: Fano: bubo_sibiricus: It's hilarious when Hollywood actors try to do New England accents, like everyone in The Departed except Mark Wahlberg(he's a native of Dorchester) and especially Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days.

Unless you grew up here, you'll never get it right.

--
BMO

I don't believe I've ever heard a West Virginian accent done right in movies. Although, I don't remember Matewan very well.

It's as if you have to had some exposure to hillbillies in your youth or or come from some other English-speaking country to do that accent even passably.

West Virginian dialect is a peculiar blend of southern hillbilly, with some harder accent from Pittsburg mixed in. It usually gets represented as a full southern drawl.


I lived in Wheeling WV.  they have a Ohio valley accent.  drive 12 miles south to Moundsville WV.  Southern.

Pittsburger's  what I remember is   "you uns"
 
2013-07-29 11:41:35 PM  
I'm now slightly confused.  Most of my family uses the word "liketa" from time to time.  And while some of us now live in the South, the family roots and family accent are decidedly Mid-Western.  At the very least, based on the "rules" mentioned in the article, they all use it correctly.

Also, I'm very familiar with the term "BIN", though I don't use it, but I've never seen someone spell it "bin".  The meaning doesn't come from the spelling, in that regard I've never seen it distinguished.  It's typically the context and sentence syntax that differentiate the two.  I guess I'm wrong, I'm not a linguist, and I ain't been tried to be.
 
2013-07-30 12:02:06 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: WordyGrrl: He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.

He still sounds Bri'ish but his homies already mock him for a transatlantic accent.

stellarossa: Now I'm Scottish and she was weaving from posh English to Cockney

You could have gone full Scots-English on her but since you were working a charity event that might have had a detrimental effect.

kg2095: Most of the British are appalling speakers of English

Buddy is from Brighton but is university educated so he has a clear, English accent without it being BBC  English.


Had a Scottish friend who immigrated here (Texas) after living with her husband in Canada for several years. She would say stuff like, "Hey, y'all I'm fixing to put the ke'(t)le on, eh?" And not even realize she'd done it.
 
2013-07-30 12:12:36 AM  
Biden's Indian accent was really poor.  Those unfortunate 7-11 works mocked by the VP.
 
2013-07-30 12:12:44 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: ciberido: It's no more "wrong" than, say, ... "I love fish."

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I was thinking of Vladimir Putin.

And yes, there's a Fark thread.
 
2013-07-30 01:14:42 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Biden's Indian accent was really poor.  Those unfortunate 7-11 works mocked by the VP.


Lulz.
 
2013-07-30 02:01:03 AM  

DubtodaIll: I'm Georgian and have never heard someone say "liketa". Maybe it's an Bama thing.


You weren't far enough northeast in the state. The article left out the root of it, which is "liked to have" not "would have liked".

/also used to say 'a-goin' as a kid. Also "up-ere" (up there), fixin' to, 'lavish plenty of', 'bowed up' and many other Appalachianisms, and still will when intoxicated.
 
2013-07-30 02:03:12 AM  
WordyGrrl:
The easiest way to acquire a new accent is by mocking it. He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.

We had a Taiwanese national for a while as an employee, he was determined to pick up a proper Florida cracker accent complete with idioms. He was damned good at it.
 
2013-07-30 02:09:25 AM  

vpc: jigger:
Not anymore, but I used to could.


A similar one makes me twitch: "might could".


Yep, used both of those, too. Also, adding on multiple "-es" to pluralize. One breast, two breast-es, many breast-eses.

"Goin' down to" - I'm a-goin' down to the Hoggly Woggly this mornin', we're out of biscuit makins'.
 
2013-07-30 02:12:14 AM  
GypsyJoker:

"Y'all" being the plural, "all y'all" should technically mean each individual of that plural ("each of y'all").

And it does, but it's in the final imperative. There's an implied "fark".

"Hey, Tom, we hear your Daddy's in jail again. Haw haw!"
"All y'all"
(fight commences)
 
2013-07-30 02:30:17 AM  
Let's see...adding -n to pronouns to indicate possession - This'un's mine, that'un's hisn, the other one's yourn.
Redundant insertion of done to indicate relative lapsed time: He's done gone to the Hoggly Woggly already.
Using a singular verb if the subject establishes number: That's the way them cows eats.
Dropping pluralization of nouns if the number is established elsewhere: He got five cow up on that patch o' clover, up-ere on the lee of the hill.
Using that instead of who/whom: He's the teacher that teaches English up to the high school. (I can't hear myself do this but still do it pervasively)
 
2013-07-30 02:45:15 AM  

erewhon: WordyGrrl:
The easiest way to acquire a new accent is by mocking it. He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.

We had a Taiwanese national for a while as an employee, he was determined to pick up a proper Florida cracker accent complete with idioms. He was damned good at it.


A wonderful moment during my grad school in Memphis Tn: Some alumni dropped by, saw a Sikh in the computer lab and said "Ah'm shore you cain't understand that feller, haw haw!"

They were right. He may have been born Sikh in Georgia, but he had a ridiculous drawl.
 
2013-07-30 02:52:10 AM  
'y'all' is plural.

'all y'all' is meta-plural, implying inclusion of family/group members not present.
 
2013-07-30 03:04:23 AM  
Fano:

They were right. He may have been born Sikh in Georgia, but he had a ridiculous drawl.

My next younger brother fell in love with and eventually married a nice Jewish girl. It gave us a reason to go to Temple a few times. And going to a backwoods Appalachian shabbat service where they have a locally raised redneck cantor is an amazingly entertaining thing.

Sort of envision a big Bubba in overalls with a baseball cap on with Hasidic earlocks attached to it singing Hebrew with a bad way-down-yonder accent. True, it wasn't exactly the way it played out, but the second he opened his mouth the scene changed and I saw Larry the Reformed Cable Guy in my mind's eye. A real bad drawl and dipthonged vowels coming out of a guy you know fishes with a cane pole down to the crick just adds in spice to Hebrew that you might not have otherwise anticipated.

The second he launched off into his prayer I remember closing my eyes tightly, which is a habit of mine to forestall bursting into laughter. My wife reached over and gave me the Ultimatum Grip, so I managed to keep it in check. I caught hell for it anyway.
 
2013-07-30 03:54:06 AM  

erewhon: WordyGrrl:
The easiest way to acquire a new accent is by mocking it. He'll pick up the local accent he's been making fun of without realizing he's done it and his homies in the UK will laugh and laugh at him.

We had a Taiwanese national for a while as an employee, he was determined to pick up a proper Florida cracker accent complete with idioms. He was damned good at it.


I was an Army brat growing up. So, I didn't live anywhere long enough to internalize any particular accent during my formative years. (My parents each had their regional peculiarities, but both were well-read and worldly people who mostly taught me and my brothers "radio standard" English at home.)

What I did develop, however, was the ability to pick up local accents/vernaculars very quickly -- whether I wanted to or not.

/living in southern Texas now. Afraid to talk to anyone for just that reason.
 
2013-07-30 04:05:38 AM  
Bumblefark:

I was an Army brat growing up.

Yeah, me too, I had a pretty stout Appalachian thing when we moved to base housing, I lost it by third grade, moved BACK to the greater Toccoa region, and picked it back up until I went in the Army. Now I can switch it on or off, unless I'm tired or drunk, then the hills emerge. Except the use of "that" instead of "who", I never shook that one, I do that in writing, too.

Was once accused of being a Midwest news announcer at a weapons show, wasn't sure if I was happy or sad about that.

/what am I asking YOU for, you're some talking head from a Chicago news outlet...
 
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2013-07-30 04:34:50 AM  
Bumblefark:
/living in southern Texas now. Afraid to talk to anyone for just that reason.

San Antonio doesn't suck that bad. I was there yearly from 2004-2011 for the sporting clay nationals. Have fond memories of getting a bunch of Rangers from Fort Sam to surround a buddy of mine and sing him happy birthday in a local steakhouse to his profound embarrassment.

/hey guys - (flips out military id) - see that guy over there? It's his birthday, I'm screwing with him every chance I get, say you'll go serenade him.
//Ok, we're on, how do you want it?
///Loud, close, and really bad. If he's not red faced and facepalming, you failed the mission
 
2013-07-30 05:25:56 AM  
 
2013-07-30 05:36:01 AM  

acefox1: Mayonnaise

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I knew Jeff's boss at IBM. FWIW. He says Jeff's a great guy, not a bad customer engineer. It's a weird jump from engineer to comedian. Things that amuse me generally have people genuflecting or backing away cautiously.
 
2013-07-30 06:31:12 AM  

emotion_lotion: Man the brits will never get over Dick Van Dyke.

OK we get it, he was bad.

Just let it go.


Not the TV funnyman I hope...  The guy I'm thinking of was a consummate entertainer.  (He's no Benny Hill, but that's not a reason to diss him.)
 
2013-07-30 06:38:56 AM  
They're putting in a pipeline near here, and I was told there are a fair amount of cajuns on the travelling crew. I heard someone talking in McDonald's the other morning and asked him if he was from Louisiana, because his accent sounded like my sister's in Lafayette. He said 'born and raised in Dayton'. So I guess what i'm saying is you never know.
 
2013-07-30 06:51:22 AM  

Crewmannumber6: They're putting in a pipeline near here, and I was told there are a fair amount of cajuns on the travelling crew. I heard someone talking in McDonald's the other morning and asked him if he was from Louisiana, because his accent sounded like my sister's in Lafayette. He said 'born and raised in Dayton'. So I guess what i'm saying is you never know.


A bayou accent is hard to miss, although I have mistaken Quebecois for Cajun and vice versa. I'm told there's a difference but I never learned to speak Cajun very well, it's a lot different from Parisian French, more than Castilian Spanish is from Mexican. Quebecois and Cajun seem almost interchangeable to me but I'm told I am horrifyingly wrong by both sides. If so, it's pretty subtle, or I am linguistically talentless, either one of which is likely.

New Orleans has Cajun channels. The local news is in Cajun, but I notice they show Quebecois programs.

I've been fooled by Yat several times, it sounds like Brooklyn-ese to me.
 
2013-07-30 07:00:20 AM  

GypsyJoker: uknowzit: Guuberre: How all y'all doin'?

all y'all is the plural

A lot of folks in linguistics are in favor of having "y'all" as the second-person plural, to differentiate from the second-person singular.  I've seen it used in a number of linguistics books when giving sentence glosses from other languages.

"Y'all" being the plural, "all y'all" should technically mean each individual of that plural ("each of y'all").


This.  "Y'all" is the entire group, "all y'all" is everyone in the group, together.  Same as "yinz" and "all yinz".
 
2013-07-30 07:07:23 AM  
acetuminophen
 
2013-07-30 07:29:18 AM  

meat0918: What about "axe" instead of "ask"?


They say "axe" for "ask" in Geordie dialect (NE England) too. It comes from "acsian" which means "to ask" in Anglic. (North England was settled more by Angles and South England more by Saxons. Don't even get me started on the Danes.)
 
2013-07-30 07:45:14 AM  

Combustion: In the Pacific Northwest, a "Half Rack" is a 12 pack of beer.

/I have nothing to add
//but a halfrack.


You forgot how we pronounce caramel: CAR-muhl.

/That's our entire accent right there
//And I'm proud to speak it. :)
 
2013-07-30 08:02:37 AM  
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2013-07-30 09:04:36 AM  
Oh. So you have to talk stupid correctly, before you can make fun of it. Got it.
 
2013-07-30 09:05:20 AM  

ciberido: It's no more "wrong" than, say, to use "love" with both "I love to fish" and "I love fish."


Except those two phrases have radically different meanings. Or did I miss your point?
 
2013-07-30 09:17:01 AM  

artemusprine: emotion_lotion: Man the brits will never get over Dick Van Dyke.

OK we get it, he was bad.

Just let it go.

Not the TV funnyman I hope...  The guy I'm thinking of was a consummate entertainer.  (He's no Benny Hill, but that's not a reason to diss him.)


He was a consummate entertainer, but his lame attempt at a Cockney accent in "Mary Poppins" is what emotion_lotion was referring to. They obviously spent a lot of money on that movie; they couldn't afford to hire a dialect coach for Dick?

/note that he didn't even bother to attempt the accent in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
 
2013-07-30 09:55:33 AM  
I was born in Illinois, grew up in Arizona, and returned to Illinois as a teenager. I speak with a General American English accent. I think a large part of that is that I actively try to not fark up English. I actively avoid things like vowel dropping, vowel shifting, R dropping, strange inflections, etc. I also have no desire to use slang that doesn't make any sense or seems to be bred from an inability to speak correctly. My grammar may not always be correct but I do try to speak well. Several people have commented that I'm well spoken. I think that I present myself well enough to avoid the common stereotypes that tends to come with being a 20 something genetic mutt.

As a personal thing I can't stand accents that, IMHO, butcher English. Southern accents tend to annoy me more than any other. It's one of several reasons that I will never live in the South.
 
2013-07-30 10:20:43 AM  
Serious question: do they teach this bastardization of English in school as well? Is "all y'all" taught in English class?
 
2013-07-30 02:02:47 PM  

gfid: That's funny because when I was younger and told people where I was from, I'd often hear "That's funny, you don't have an accent."  I haven't heard that in a while, not because I've developed an accent, but probably more so that I haven't run across uneducated idiots who thinks everyone has an over-exaggerated accent.


I moved from south central KS to San Antonio when I was 11.  To me, I really heard no difference in the way they talked compared to how we talked "back home".  But I was mocked relentlessly for the first year for my "Kansas boy" accent.  So apparently they heard a difference.


I've since lived in NM, AZ, GA and back to central TX.  I've picked up bits and pieces from everywhere I've lived, and people just can't figure my manner of speaking out.  Suckers.
 
2013-07-30 05:21:03 PM  

CtrlAltDestroy: I was born in Illinois, grew up in Arizona, and returned to Illinois as a teenager. I speak with a General American English accent. I think a large part of that is that I actively try to not fark up English. I actively avoid things like vowel dropping, vowel shifting, R dropping, strange inflections, etc. I also have no desire to use slang that doesn't make any sense or seems to be bred from an inability to speak correctly. My grammar may not always be correct but I do try to speak well. Several people have commented that I'm well spoken. I think that I present myself well enough to avoid the common stereotypes that tends to come with being a 20 something genetic mutt.

As a personal thing I can't stand accents that, IMHO, butcher English. Southern accents tend to annoy me more than any other. It's one of several reasons that I will never live in the South.


The main being not wanted to squeal like a pig, right?
 
2013-07-30 05:28:00 PM  
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2013-07-31 12:18:40 AM  

John Buck 41: ciberido: It's no more "wrong" than, say, to use "love" with both "I love to fish" and "I love fish."

Except those two phrases have radically different meanings. Or did I miss your point?


You missed my point.  I'm well aware that "I love fish" and "I love to fish" mean different things, just as "I'm fixing lunch" and "I'm fixing to eat lunch" mean different things.
 
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