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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 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  

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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  
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2013-07-29 10:30:31 PM  

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