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aka Mycroft
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posted 08 July 2007 08:51 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?

Evidently, the survey designer thinks I have a north -central or "Minnesota"" accent.

I think being a Canadian just screws the results up.

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posted 11 July 2007 10:49 PM      Profile for Steppenwolf Allende     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK, it says I got a "north Central" accent.

It adds that people often mistake me for a Canadian.

I would need to tell them it ain't a mistake.


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posted 12 July 2007 07:52 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well I'll be durned. Says there I got me one of them Midland accents, or "no accent." Maybe it was cuz I didn't have my seein' glasses on when I took the quiz.

Says I have me a good accent for T.V. and Radio. I'm thinkin' all get me one of them radio'n jobs, as a buddy once told me I had the face for radio, ta boot.

If'n yez be need'n me, I'll be out back by the ce-ment pond.


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posted 12 July 2007 08:06 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Being born in North Toronto of course I don't have an accent. Everyone else does.
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posted 12 July 2007 08:07 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow. That’s pretty accurate.

It says, “When you step away from the Great Lakes you get annoying questions like, ‘Are you from Wisconsin?’”.

Well, no, actually. But, I live ten miles away from Wisconsin!!


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posted 12 July 2007 08:18 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Apparently I sound the same as Mycroft.
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posted 12 July 2007 08:20 AM      Profile for farnival     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i gots me a midland accent thar too. haha. how weird is question 9 though?

quote:
9. Our next word is "horrible." How does that first vowel sound?

• It's just like in the word "whore."

• It's the same "o" sound as in "hot."

• Neither one


talking to a local member of toronto's finest one day about the situation in my neighbourhood, he referred to the "heures". at first i didn't even get what he was on about. weird.

funny accent story: i moved to t.o. in 2001 from winnipeg. a new aquaintance mentioned the second time i saw her at the bar she never realised i had an accent. i was like "oh, really, and what kind would that be?" she hummed and hawed, said it was "west of here, but not too west, i'm thinkin'....Kenora!". whoa! too funny. Kenora and the Peg are pretty much the same scene for alot of things and a couple of my best pals are from there. absolutely uncanny.


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posted 12 July 2007 08:24 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is so cool!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central
 

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
 
The Midland
 
Boston
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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Michelle
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posted 12 July 2007 08:26 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know, I don't even understand how you could use different sounds for most of those words, like "cot" and "caught".

I can see "whore-ible" and "har-ible," though. "Harible" sounds like upstate New Yawk to me.


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posted 12 July 2007 08:35 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
You know, I don't even understand how you could use different sounds for most of those words, like "cot" and "caught".

I can see "whore-ible" and "har-ible," though. "Harible" sounds like upstate New Yawk to me.


And pronouncing "pen" like "pin" is definitely a Southern accent. My sister-in-law, from Texas, pronounces "ten" like "tin".

This is a very cool site and worthy of a bookmark!


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posted 12 July 2007 08:50 AM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I get The Northeast -- which is interesting because I'm from the Maritimes, but I sure don't sound anything like the people in Maine, Massachusetts (Boston, for sure) etc.

However, the result specifies north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. (And it says if I am from New York City, people would be able to tell if they heard me speak.)


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posted 12 July 2007 08:57 AM      Profile for Banjo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Boston
 

You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don't. Of course, that doesn't mean you are from the Boston area, you may also be from New Hampshire or Maine.

North Central
 
The West
 
The Midland
 
The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
What American accent do you have?
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Hard to believe that someone who's lived in Toronto all his life could get that.


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posted 12 July 2007 09:19 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm told by American friends that I say "aboot" for about. But I honestly can't hear it. I hear about when I say it.
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posted 12 July 2007 09:26 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sharon, how on earth did you get New York? I tried every combination I could think of to try to get New York and couldn't get it!
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posted 12 July 2007 09:29 AM      Profile for gadar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I never knew
canadian+Indian(east)=Boston

or that Apu was from Boston


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posted 12 July 2007 09:48 AM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Sharon, how on earth did you get New York?

And are you from the Maritimes, Michelle?

I have always noticed, at least in my own speech, very subtle differences in certain pronunciations.

A good example is the word "aunt." People from elsewhere, who pronounce it "ant" often accuse Maritimers of saying "ont."

But I don't hear that -- I hear a definite "au" sound that really does fall between ant and ont. And I think I can hear that same difference -- even more subtly though -- between "caught" and "cot" for example.

I'm not saying that's how I got the New York result but I did find that a lot of my responses were "different" not "same."

And Tommy-Paine, there is kind of a language stereotype of Nova Scotians saying "aboot" -- but I have never heard it. I do, however, hear something closer to "aboat" -- usually from Nova Scotia's South Shore.


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posted 12 July 2007 10:03 AM      Profile for Banjo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Tommy_Paine:
I'm told by American friends that I say "aboot" for about. But I honestly can't hear it. I hear about when I say it.

What I've read (I forget where) is that it's a problem with American ears. They are not used to the "ou" sound that we say, so they hear "aboot."


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posted 12 July 2007 10:40 AM      Profile for Left Turn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I got the Midland accent, which is to say I don't have an accent.

Question 8 really bothered me:

quote:
Moving on, what do you think about "Mary," "merry," and "marry"?
* All 3 sound different
* Mary and merry sound the same but marry is different from them
* All 3 sound the same

I pronounce Mary and marry the same, but merry is much more nasal. They don't have that as an answer. Answering anything other than that all three are the same gives me the Philadelphia accent.

Being Canadian does really screw up this test. I have no idea whether my result is close to a BC accent or not. In many ways I think the BC accent is similar to the Midland accent, but with some BCisms thrown into the language.


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posted 12 July 2007 02:05 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West
 

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
The Inland North
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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posted 12 July 2007 02:18 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast
 

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Boston
 
Philadelphia
 
The Midland
 
The Inland North
 
The West
 
The South
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
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posted 12 July 2007 02:32 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central
 

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
 
The Midland
 
Boston
 
The Inland North
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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posted 12 July 2007 04:59 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
 
North Central
 
Philadelphia
 
Boston
 
The Midland
 
The South
 
The West
 
What American accent do you have?
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I call it pop because it is pop, duh.

This is an interesting wikipedia article on Western and Central Canadian accents. I have no idea how accurate it is.

I also suggest checking out my favourite American accent, the Yooper. Though I think they definitely embelish a bit on the Finnish influence. I have never in my life heard someone say "I go mall" or anything like that. The "pasties" part is definitely true, though.

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posted 12 July 2007 05:23 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, that's neat, meades. From there, I found this interesting article on "Canadian raising", which is responsible for "oat and aboat", and for the "raising" of the vowel sound in "spider" as opposed to "rider".
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posted 12 July 2007 05:48 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It says I'm Puerto Rican?. That can't be right.
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posted 12 July 2007 06:01 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Ottawa Valley Twang! Apparently my grandfather (who died just after I was born) had a strong Ottawa Valley thing going on.

I'm looking through their list and I see a phrases that I use, like, "err-what" (that is, tacking "or what" on the end of a sentence, like, "Are you going, or what?")

I didn't know "fucktard" was a specifically Ottawa Valley thing. I use "hammered" and "loaded" and "plastered" (gee, all these drinking descriptors!).

I also noticed a couple of pronunciation habits of mine on the list, like saying "melk" for "milk" (although it varies - when I'm thinking about it, I say "milk" and when I'm just speaking fast I say "melk" - I didn't even know I did it until I said it out loud now).

And Judes gets on my case when she hears me say "bagel". It's "bay-gle", not "bag-le", but at least I don't say it with an Ottawa Valley accent, which is apparently buy-gle.

I don't actually have an Ottawa Valley accent, but I guess some of the hints of it in my speech must come from growing up in Eastern Ontario.


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Aha! I knew it. It's the ol' "I'm a Torontonian who USED TO be an Easterner" trick. Don't fall for it anybody.

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posted 12 July 2007 06:38 PM      Profile for Brian White   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought the accent round baltimore was really cool. i only heard it once on tv ever. (tommy lee jones used it when playing some sort of spy in washington. Half the people there speak with it.
My bosses brother still has his newfoundland accent and it is a cross between leitrim and cork back in ireland! That is kinda weird because they emegrated about 300 years ago (from cork) and they would have spoken gaelic then not english.
So on both sides of the atlantic, the switch from gaelic to english produced a similar accent.
Kinda reminds me of the australians, new zealanders and south africans. Why are those accents so similar?
I sometimes ask people, "what accent have you got?" Canadians often reply "I do not have an accent". How innocent! of course you do.
My girlfriend was stunned recently when I placed someone we met up in northern bc because of how she sounded. (I was right).
My sister is so good at accents and blending in that people take offence because they think she is imitating them. She switches from a london to a sheffield to an irish accent in a couple of breaths. Wish I could do it.
I like one of the winipeg accents and one of the victoria ones quite a bit.

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I 'm inland north but it must be due to pretentiousness because I've never been near Chicago.

That must mean Conrad is going to sound like Elroy and Jake by the time he gets back to his rural train crossing.

Do you say roof or ruff? Most northwest yankees don't sound any different than BC canucks.


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posted 12 July 2007 07:31 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So after Lord Black of Cross Purposes graced the city of Chicago with his presence, we can now associate the windy city with deep dish pizza, cheese cake and gangsters.
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Mon Dieux! I have a Midland accent! I t'ought I sounded like I was from Penetanguishene.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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posted 13 July 2007 06:27 AM      Profile for Skinny Dipper   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Believe it or not!

There is a Woodbridge, Ontario accent. I have heard the Woodies talk about their favourite sing-ger.

There is a slight Northern Ontario dialect as in "Yesterday I goes fishin' and I catches me some pike!"

There is the English Montreal accent with differences in some vocabulary. Torontonians will say a nasal "Cãnada." Montrealers will use a more open "Cænada." Montrealers go to the guichet to get some money, walk to the dépanneur to buy a soft-drink and lottery ticket, and then take the métro to the downtown.

Why do some of us sound like we have a Midland US accent? Let's blame la revolución in the American 13 colonies in 1776. Quite a few anti-revoluntionists left Pennsylvania by either flying over New York or driving on Interstate-81 to Kingston. The Pennsylvanians are both the orgins of the US Midland and central Canadian accents. Both accents moved westward with European settlement.

Why do some Albertans sound like 'Mericans? In the late 19th and early 20th century, Americans from the mid-western and mid-northern states went to Alberta to claim their 160 acre farmland. It is estimated that 20% of Albertans can trace their family origins back to American emigration. Not only did they bring their accents, they also brought their values. That is why we Canadians live Harperland. Never mind that Stephen Harper was from Leaside in Toronto. He hung around with Albertans during his university years).

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I caught-cot myself saying the more American "prah-gress" instead of the Canadian/British "proh-gress." I feel naughty-knotty right now.
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Finally, do you say "Mun-treal" or "Mahn-treal?"
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I say Mun-treal but I grew up in Montreal. I don't know what that means.
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"Mun-treal" is the only way I've heard the city's name pronounced. I didn't know there was another way.
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"Mahn-treal" is the only way its pronounced south of the border.
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posted 13 July 2007 10:57 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central
 

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
 
The Midland
 
Boston
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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Yeah, from Manitoba, no kidding. Let's hear it for North Central!!


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What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast
 

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Philadelphia
 
The Midland
 
Boston
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
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posted 13 July 2007 04:21 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by meades:

I call it pop because it is pop, duh.


Most Americans call it "soda" and apparently a lot of New Englanders say "tonic".


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I call it a softdrink! Changed it to one word.

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Restaurant Diner: I need some ass.

Waiter: You need what?

RD: I need some ass!

W: Who need what?

RD: I need some ass for my water!

W: Oh, you need some ice for your water. I'll go get you some ice.

RD: Thanks, asshole.

I heard this joke somewhere. I can't remember where.


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How about "caw" for car? No, this ain't the Canadian Auto Workers.
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posted 14 July 2007 04:54 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Pawk the caw in Hawvawd Yawd?
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That is Maine talking Michelle.
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Maritimesea
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posted 14 July 2007 10:02 AM      Profile for Maritimesea     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West
 

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
The South
 
The Inland North
 
What American accent do you have?
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I chuckled at the "about" question....it didn't ask me if I thought it sounded like a-boot!!


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aka Mycroft
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posted 14 July 2007 12:40 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think I figured out the about thing despite my Canadian ears. Americans, I think, pronounce the o and u separately so it's more like "abowat" where we put the ou together so to us it sounds like "abowt" but to Americans it sounds like "aboot". I think. Maybe.

I don't know, I'm so confused


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Michelle
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posted 14 July 2007 12:43 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
According to Wikipedia, it's more like "oat and aboat" to US ears, but it's exaggerated to "oot and aboot" for comic effect. Also, "oot and aboot" may be the approximation for people who can't reproduce our accents.
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Steppenwolf Allende
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posted 14 July 2007 07:49 PM      Profile for Steppenwolf Allende     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Pawk the caw in Hawvawd Yawd?

Is this Baaston, weah dey paak da caa?

In Nu Yoawk, dey puawk da cuaw.

Dey do da same in Nu Joisey.


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Michelle
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posted 14 July 2007 08:21 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Except that people from New Jersey don't actually say "Joisey". That's a certain NYC dialect, not a Joisey one.
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aka Mycroft
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posted 14 July 2007 09:01 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Toity doity boids sittin' on da coib a-boipin and a-choipin eatin' doity worms.

[ 14 July 2007: Message edited by: aka Mycroft ]


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Steppenwolf Allende
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posted 15 July 2007 02:50 PM      Profile for Steppenwolf Allende     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Toity doity boids sittin' on da coib a-boipin and a-choipin eatin' doity worms.

Dat's "woims!"


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