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Old 07-07-2010, 05:21 PM
Status: "could've~would've~should've used 'have', not 'of'" (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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ad-DRESS if you are addressing something, AD-dress if you are telling where you live.
Same here, and I pronounce both roof (rufe, rouf) and route (root, rout) in two different ways, I guess depending on what mood I'm in when I say it.

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One thing I noticed that I pronounce differently from everyone around here (which is crazy because I've lived here my whole life) is Halloween. Almost everyone here says it with the long "a" sound. I've always said it like "Holloween"
My DD says it like that and she grew up in Memphis. I blame it on her country*** kindergarten teacher, LOL. You don't by any chance pronounce 'monster' as if there is a U stuck in there do you? Or pronounce poem as 'pome'?

I love the pronunciation of doh for for door. Confuses the stew out of my coworkers when I shout at them to "hoe de doh, hoe de doh!'
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Leg or egg

I pronounce the e as a short e, like in empty or elephant. But I hear a lot of people pronounce it as a long A sound like in pay. So it sounds like layg or aygg. Weird.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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They say those in Houston too.
yeah even b4 Katrina we had a lot of residents from Louisiana
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I have often heard Finance pronounce Fee-nance on the news.

And thanks to Bush we have eye-rac and eye-ran instead of ir-ac and ir-an.

and pretty soon we will have eye-taly

I am still working on my strategery
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Another interesting regional pronunciation:

The lower peninsula of Michigan and the lower Midwest (OH, IN, IL, NE, MO, KS): bag, tag, flag, drag, wag pronounced with a SHORT "a" (like in apple or bad) instead of a long "a."

One sure way to tell a Michigander from a Wisconsinite - have them say bag. If they say bag normally, they're from Wisconsin; if they say baaaaaahg, they're from Michigan.

I'm from Minnesota, orginally from Michigan, and I've had to break myself from the short "a" pronunciation.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Bentonville, AR
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In Kansas, the Arkansas River is the Are-Kansas river. I haven't got used to that ones yet.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Lots of people from my home town - Bawlmer, Merlyn - pronounce things this way:

everythink (everything)
Jew-lery (it's jewel-ry)
Real-a-tor (realtor)
Nucular (thank you G.W. - it's nuclear)
hunnert (the number after 99)
up air or down air (up there or down there)
zink - sink
ambalance (comes if someone is sick or hurt)
poh-leece (might come with the ambalance)
far truck (fire truck)
downey ohshun (head to ocean city)

There are so many more. Most are followed by saying hon, as in "we're goin' downey ohshun hon".
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Lots of people from my home town - Bawlmer, Merlyn - pronounce things this way:

everythink (everything)
Jew-lery (it's jewel-ry)
Real-a-tor (realtor)
Nucular (thank you G.W. - it's nuclear)
hunnert (the number after 99)
up air or down air (up there or down there)
zink - sink
ambalance (comes if someone is sick or hurt)
poh-leece (might come with the ambalance)
far truck (fire truck)
downey ohshun (head to ocean city)

There are so many more. Most are followed by saying hon, as in "we're goin' downey ohshun hon".

Zink is common in New Orleans too.

Everything -> EV-ry or eh-VUH-ry thing
Jewelry -> Juhl-RY
Nuclear -> NOOK-le-uh
Hundred -> HON-dred
Up there or down there -> Up thea or doun-nea
Sink -> zink
Ambulance -> AM-bulence
Police -> POH-lice
Fire Truck -> Fiyah truck
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Westbank, I've heard a New Orleans accent sounds like a New York accent, and not like a Southern accent. Is this true?
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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water (wood-er)
creek (crick)
merry (murray)
on (auwn)
attitude (addy-tood) although I don't really pronounce it like that, but a lot people do
phone (faowwwn) basically you have to drag the word out
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