U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 10-09-2008, 01:21 PM
Location: Lakewood, CO
23 posts, read 53,966 times
Reputation: 10


Is there such thing?
I'm from Colorado, I swear people have some kind of regional accent.
I grew up in the south, so maybe it's just me, but I have met lots of Coloradans with Southern accents. I wanna know, do y'all think there's a distinct, dialect forming or that has formed among coloradans?
Quick reply to this message

Old 10-09-2008, 01:22 PM
Location: Denver, CO
5,602 posts, read 19,616,291 times
Reputation: 5223
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 02:02 PM
2,755 posts, read 11,248,028 times
Reputation: 1453
There definitely are some regionalisms in Colorado, although I wouldn't really call it southern. Metro Denver has so few natives that I think it corresponds pretty well to standard American English, but outside of Metro Denver, I do hear some regional accents. I'm not well traveled enough to really place it, but I wonder if some of this might be spillover from some of our plains neighbors to the east.

One thing I hear is the pronunciation of the word "drought." Since we're in the throes of one, it's a word that comes up often among rural Coloradans, and many of them pronounce it something like "drowth", with the "TH" on the end of the word sounding something like the TH in the word "THing". You'd never hear this in Metro Denver, however, nor in most of the rest of the country.

Also, I do often hear the short "e" sound converted into a short "i" when followed by a nasal, so "Denver" becomes "Dinver." Again, you'd never hear this in metro Denver, but you do hear it sometimes in rural parts of the state.

I'm sure Jazz will have some good examples for us on this subject.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 02:27 PM
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
2,791 posts, read 6,865,159 times
Reputation: 1358
Yes, take for instance alot of people from here say "Colorada"
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 02:34 PM
5,748 posts, read 10,207,393 times
Reputation: 4485
I don't hear it, but then I live in the 'burbs, and most of my neighbors grew up in the midwest or California, where the dialect is very flat.

For those of you who are interested, here's a great webpage with sound files of regional U.S. dialects. Notice there are no recordings of Coloradoans.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 03:17 PM
Location: Kingman AZ
15,371 posts, read 32,781,313 times
Reputation: 8953
Originally Posted by ryanek9freak View Post
Yes, take for instance alot of people from here say "Colorada"
Colorada seems to mean you were educated in a small town....[like Limon] people from Denver seem to be from ColoradO
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 04:20 PM
Location: Denver, CO
1,018 posts, read 2,543,194 times
Reputation: 1560
I've never noticed much of an accent here. I have heard people jokingly say things like, "Colorada" but I don't hear such pronunciations in everyday conversation.

I don't think that native Coloradoans have a very distinguishable accent. Maybe some of the southern accents that you have heard are from people who have transplanted here from the south?
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 04:52 PM
8,317 posts, read 24,347,539 times
Reputation: 9000
The "Colorada" thing is usually a creature of the Midwest. Of course, a good chunk of eastern Colorado has strong ties to the plains states to the east, and many families in that part of Colorado hail originally from Kansas and Nebraska. Similarly, a good chunk of southeastern Colorado is adjacent to Oklahoma and Texas, with the influences of those accents on many residents.

A lot of natives and long-time residents in the rest of Colorado--and much of the Rocky Mountain region--frequently have what some call a "Western drawl." It is not as pronounced and or distinct compared to a "Texas" or "southern" drawl, but to many--especially those from outside the region--it is a "drawl" nonetheless. Mixed in are some Midwestern influences and Spanish influences, as well--including some localisms unique to the Rocky Mountain region.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2008, 07:39 PM
Status: "Lent." (set 21 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
82,288 posts, read 94,386,287 times
Reputation: 28890
My older daughter went to college in Minnesota, and said people there told her her she had a drawl. I have never noticed it, but I suppose you would in MN. DD is a CO native.
Quick reply to this message
Old 10-10-2008, 06:34 AM
Location: Grand Junction, CO
3,722 posts, read 4,132,970 times
Reputation: 4744
There is a Colorado accent as Jazz says it is more of a drawl, after spending the last 10 years in Denver my accent is not as pronounced even being a native, however I have two brothers (who have spent the last few years on the western slope) that are really bad. I have to pay very close attention when they speak to understand them now, because their accent has become so thick.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top