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(NJ.com)   Survey says Canadian and Jersey accents are aboot equally sexy   (nj.com ) divider line 85
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2013-10-22 08:03:54 PM  

StopLurkListen: ...blink blink ... what? I can't tell if you think that's a good thing or a bad thing.

I love Jersey accents. And Jersey women. And Jersey women with Jersey accents.

You're missing out.


what are they ,a bunch of hoors ?
 
JVD
2013-10-22 08:07:31 PM  
I cringe any time I hear a jersey accent, which is almost never, thank God.

Canadians are pretty cool though, nothing wrong with how they talk, although I may be biased. I get confused as Canadian sometimes down south, I've spent most of my life in Michigan and Wisconsin, I don't think they really have much of an accent. =/
 
2013-10-22 08:09:46 PM  
Them: "Where you from?"
Me. "Tranna"
Them: "Where? Albania?"
Me: "Albania? Do you mean Alberta? Tranna isn't in Alberta."

This went on for like two minutes, ending in

Me: "Tor...on....to"
 
2013-10-22 08:12:56 PM  

whatshisname: Lived in Canada for 45 years and except for maybe one Newfie I met that one time, I have never heard anyone say "aboot"


My sister lived a few years in the Toronto area.  I went to visit her for a week.  We were out with one of her local friends one time, and that friend vehemently denied that Canadians ever say "aboot".  Not even one sentence later the friend said "aboot" very clearly.  She didn't understand why my sister and I were laughing so hard.  (this friend was born and raised in the Toronto area).  I honestly think you just don't hear it.
 
2013-10-22 08:20:44 PM  
Dragonflew:
Another thing I find odd about American accents: Why don't sorry and lorry rhyme? I had my friend from Rochester say them, and I got "saw-ree" and "lorry".

They don't rhyme because lorry is pronounced 'truck'.   ;)
 
2013-10-22 08:50:36 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: [i1280.photobucket.com image 300x282]
The accent is the least of the problems.


did she get her lips stuck in a pool drain?
 
2013-10-22 08:51:17 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Whatchoo Talkinbout: [i1280.photobucket.com image 300x282]
The accent is the least of the problems.

[www.homorazzi.com image 500x350]


No, just no. God why? Poster please.
 
2013-10-22 08:56:39 PM  

Literally Addicted: Whatchoo Talkinbout: [i1280.photobucket.com image 300x282]
The accent is the least of the problems.

did she get her lips stuck in a pool drain?


Meh, gooda guido reason as any.
 
2013-10-22 09:02:20 PM  
Pointy Tail of Satan:This went on for like two minutes, ending in

Me: "Tor...on....to"


Had the same problem when I moved to NS in high school:
Them: "Where you from?"
Me: "Tronno"
Them: "Truro?"

rinse, repeat..

Funnily enough, in NS, they sound like they're from Maine where all their 'a's are dragged out.  Car came out as "caaarh".  And they had weird expressions like "where ya at?" and "some good" or "right mad".  Also - they call every random person "buddy".

My first party was very embarassing: I was listening to a conversation where the guys were saying "buddy this" and "buddy that" and I was stupid enough to pipe up with "who's Buddy?  He seems awfully popular.".  I heard about that for years.
 
2013-10-22 09:14:18 PM  

grokca: ManateeGag: How YOU doin'?

Eh?


"How YOU doin', eh?" would have been a better headline.
 
2013-10-22 09:27:55 PM  

Silent But Deadly: My sister lived a few years in the Toronto area.  I went to visit her for a week.  We were out with one of her local friends one time, and that friend vehemently denied that Canadians ever say "aboot".  Not even one sentence later the friend said "aboot" very clearly.  She didn't understand why my sister and I were laughing so hard.  (this friend was born and raised in the Toronto area).  I honestly think you just don't hear it.


Probably a function of us not hearing it and you having a funny way (in our view) of pronouncing either "bout" or "boot" (I can't put my finger on which). If you ask a Canadian to intentionally say "a boot", it won't sound like the pronunciation of "about" that you guys think sounds like "aboot". That's where the vehement denial comes from. We can hear the difference, and we know that we don't interchange the two.
 
2013-10-22 09:56:42 PM  

costermonger: Silent But Deadly: My sister lived a few years in the Toronto area.  I went to visit her for a week.  We were out with one of her local friends one time, and that friend vehemently denied that Canadians ever say "aboot".  Not even one sentence later the friend said "aboot" very clearly.  She didn't understand why my sister and I were laughing so hard.  (this friend was born and raised in the Toronto area).  I honestly think you just don't hear it.

Probably a function of us not hearing it and you having a funny way (in our view) of pronouncing either "bout" or "boot" (I can't put my finger on which). If you ask a Canadian to intentionally say "a boot", it won't sound like the pronunciation of "about" that you guys think sounds like "aboot". That's where the vehement denial comes from. We can hear the difference, and we know that we don't interchange the two.


That's because it's closer to "a boat".
 
2013-10-22 10:14:13 PM  
change1211:

This is a true story. I'm in Manitoba now and there's a decent amount of Frenchies here.

O Rielly?
 
2013-10-22 10:19:58 PM  
The fark is a "western" accent? Oregon/Washington are essentially neutral (non-descript TV voice) but I can see parts of California having "an accent."
 
2013-10-22 10:43:17 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: costermonger: Silent But Deadly: My sister lived a few years in the Toronto area.  I went to visit her for a week.  We were out with one of her local friends one time, and that friend vehemently denied that Canadians ever say "aboot".  Not even one sentence later the friend said "aboot" very clearly.  She didn't understand why my sister and I were laughing so hard.  (this friend was born and raised in the Toronto area).  I honestly think you just don't hear it.

Probably a function of us not hearing it and you having a funny way (in our view) of pronouncing either "bout" or "boot" (I can't put my finger on which). If you ask a Canadian to intentionally say "a boot", it won't sound like the pronunciation of "about" that you guys think sounds like "aboot". That's where the vehement denial comes from. We can hear the difference, and we know that we don't interchange the two.

That's because it's closer to "a boat".


I've noticed folks from Ontario have a more pronounced "aow" in words like "about" and "house" than we do in Western Canada. However, I think the problem is most Americans substitute "ah" sounds for "oh" sounds, with words like "dollar" (dahller) or "college" (cahllege), which probably makes our dialect that much more stand-out (aowt). Folks in rural Ontario have the full-on Bob and Doug McKenzie, and then you have the classic maritime accent where words like "car" and "park" sound like "caer" and "paerk". Newfies are completely unintelligible.
 
2013-10-22 10:46:15 PM  

rikkards: Ishkur: Heamer: The Canadian accent just sounds kind of funny, the Jersey accent is just grating on the ears.

Truth be told, no one in Canada actually talks like Bob and Doug Mackenzie (except for some stereotypical newfie pockets). That's just a joke we play on Americans. Most Canadians sound like standard American English (ie: nightly news anchors, which half of them are Canadian, and are recruited as such for their neutral dialect).

You've never been to the Ottawa Valley have you?


Not true. The long o's and weird "u's" and strange er/ar sounds.....

I can pick a canadian out of a crowd if they talk for more than 15 seconds.
 
2013-10-22 10:47:09 PM  

Doublespeak: miss diminutive: Canadian? What's a Canadian accent supposed to sound like, exactly? We're pretty geographically dispersed, there's not exactly a uniform accent for the whole nation.

/several Newfie friends of mine are virtually incomprehensible, especially after a beer or two

Apparently they think everyone sounds like newfies here. It's kind of the same as saying everyone in the states has a southern drawl.....the same as in stupid.


No one thinks you sound like newfies. They wouldn't think it was "sexy" if they did.

You have a fine, respectable (but also weird) accent. No problem.
 
2013-10-22 10:48:52 PM  

Super Chronic: whatshisname: Lived in Canada for 45 years and except for maybe one Newfie I met that one time, I have never heard anyone say "aboot"

To me, it sounds more like "a boat," and I hear it from people all across Canada.


You are correct. The boot thing is not real. It is absolutely a boat.
 
2013-10-22 10:55:43 PM  

miss diminutive: Canadian? What's a Canadian accent supposed to sound like, exactly? We're pretty geographically dispersed, there's not exactly a uniform accent for the whole nation.

/several Newfie friends of mine are virtually incomprehensible, especially after a beer or two


Upon first hearing some, I was surprised to learn that they were in fact speaking English.
 
2013-10-22 11:35:59 PM  

costermonger: Silent But Deadly: My sister lived a few years in the Toronto area.  I went to visit her for a week.  We were out with one of her local friends one time, and that friend vehemently denied that Canadians ever say "aboot".  Not even one sentence later the friend said "aboot" very clearly.  She didn't understand why my sister and I were laughing so hard.  (this friend was born and raised in the Toronto area).  I honestly think you just don't hear it.

Probably a function of us not hearing it and you having a funny way (in our view) of pronouncing either "bout" or "boot" (I can't put my finger on which). If you ask a Canadian to intentionally say "a boot", it won't sound like the pronunciation of "about" that you guys think sounds like "aboot". That's where the vehement denial comes from. We can hear the difference, and we know that we don't interchange the two.


Fair enough.  I'm from a part of the country (usa) where we are noted for sounding very strange (think Fargo). I was just comparing my anecdote to yours :)
 
2013-10-22 11:56:39 PM  
And that's how I know that that website has zero credibility!
 
2013-10-23 12:27:05 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: That's because it's closer to "a boat".


Yeah, that does sound a lot closer. I know my own pronunciation of the word shifts depending on environment. It's not conscious but I say "abowt" (bow as in take a bow) in more formal situations, while it's very close to "aboat" in more casual conversations. I know it's not the only word that shifts this way.

Anyway, work has taken me all across the US, but I'm never quite prepared for the western NY accent. Geographically right next door, but wow, does the accent change when you go across that bridge.
 
2013-10-23 12:58:08 AM  

costermonger: Bedstead Polisher: That's because it's closer to "a boat".

Yeah, that does sound a lot closer. I know my own pronunciation of the word shifts depending on environment. It's not conscious but I say "abowt" (bow as in take a bow) in more formal situations, while it's very close to "aboat" in more casual conversations. I know it's not the only word that shifts this way.

Anyway, work has taken me all across the US, but I'm never quite prepared for the western NY accent. Geographically right next door, but wow, does the accent change when you go across that bridge.


Does it get confusing when you talk about a boot in a boat?
 
2013-10-23 01:40:22 AM  
Canadians(not counting newfies) basically sound like non descript midwesterners... till they have to say about.
 
2013-10-23 02:20:49 AM  

Ishkur: Heamer: The Canadian accent just sounds kind of funny, the Jersey accent is just grating on the ears.

Truth be told, no one in Canada actually talks like Bob and Doug Mackenzie (except for some stereotypical newfie pockets). That's just a joke we play on Americans. Most Canadians sound like standard American English (ie: nightly news anchors, which half of them are Canadian, and are recruited as such for their neutral dialect).


If you are from anywhere east of BC, you're shiatting me. I can pick pick out non-BC Canadian accents easy. We have a very California accent, probably because of the sheer number of Californians who came up this way during the gold rush and stayed. But Ontario, it's all "okie buddy fer sher eh"
 
mhd
2013-10-23 04:01:59 AM  
i.imgur.com
Really?

The list kinda reads like "Name all the accents you'd recognize". Did they do listening tests, what kind of methodo... Oh. OkCupid. All righty then. The amount of NJ sleazebags and single moms on that site certainly didn't hurt...
 
2013-10-23 04:39:43 AM  

ytterbium: change1211: miss diminutive: Canadian? What's a Canadian accent supposed to sound like, exactly? We're pretty geographically dispersed, there's not exactly a uniform accent for the whole nation.

/several Newfie friends of mine are virtually incomprehensible, especially after a beer or two

The French can be pretty entertaining as well.

I think the Quebecois accent is very sexy.


Depends. Quebec City and Montreal, yeah. Riviere du Loup, Trois Rivieres, not so much. There's a LOT of local variation.
 
2013-10-23 10:37:17 AM  

MadSkillz: But Ontario, it's all "okie buddy fer sher eh"


Some of us, yes. Two different (exaggerated) Ontario accents Guy in plaid has the one you're talking about, but it's far from universal.
 
2013-10-23 12:56:52 PM  

costermonger: MadSkillz: But Ontario, it's all "okie buddy fer sher eh"

Some of us, yes. Two different (exaggerated) Ontario accents Guy in plaid has the one you're talking about, but it's far from universal.


Yeah it's pretty funny.

My first encounter with a Newfie was at Fort McMurray. I almost laughed when he talked.
 
2013-10-23 01:01:53 PM  

MadSkillz: My first encounter with a Newfie was at Fort McMurray. I almost laughed when he talked.


Heh. You think it's an exaggeration, and then you meet somebody from there..
 
2013-10-23 02:16:31 PM  

Mike_1962: ytterbium: change1211: miss diminutive: Canadian? What's a Canadian accent supposed to sound like, exactly? We're pretty geographically dispersed, there's not exactly a uniform accent for the whole nation.

/several Newfie friends of mine are virtually incomprehensible, especially after a beer or two

The French can be pretty entertaining as well.

I think the Quebecois accent is very sexy.

Depends. Quebec City and Montreal, yeah. Riviere du Loup, Trois Rivieres, not so much. There's a LOT of local variation.


I find the Quebecois accent to be very sexy on a woman, but sounds either sleazy or comical on a man.
 
2013-10-23 02:24:10 PM  

Literally Addicted: My first party was very embarassing: I was listening to a conversation where the guys were saying "buddy this" and "buddy that" and I was stupid enough to pipe up with "who's Buddy?  He seems awfully popular.".  I heard about that for years.


Ah,. another CFA perhaps? (high five)

N-SIGN: Most annoying Canadian dialect I have ever come across was "Ukrainian hoser", this kind of high, flat tone, with kind of an upspeak, and "eh" was practically every second word.  And. this. eh  man eh. spoke eh. very eh. slowly eh.

This was in Eastern Saskatchewan, about a 8 KM from the Manitoba border. Not a standard Canadian accent by any stretch.,


God, I spent two long years in The Yorkton...(shudder)

Typical farmer greeting in grocery store

Ivan, how are da crops?  Eh, only way I make any money is if it hails...HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

I felt like I had to add a -ski or chuk to the end of surname, to blend in.  I didn't

/feeling MUCH better now.
 
2013-10-23 03:02:14 PM  
As a Canadian with a mother from, and family in, New Jersey, I'm getting a kick etc...
 
2013-10-23 05:47:51 PM  
media.nj.com
Which part of Jersey are we talking about?
 
2013-10-23 09:55:38 PM  
booger42:
I felt like I had to add a -ski or chuk to the end of surname, to blend in.  I didn't

/feeling MUCH better now.


My wife had a chuk in her maiden name and I have relations in those parts, the younger ones are generally fine but the older ones I want to send to a speech therapist.

Wooooorst Crops in Theeeerty Yeeeeears...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
 
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