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Old 12-29-2010, 10:12 PM
 
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Just wondering if you can tell someone's from the south by the way they pronounce certain words and what words they are? I am well aware that there are many different southern accents so just tell me what fits your area or other areas if you know them. Also try to do one's that aren't that stereotypical and that are spoken by younger people if you can. I've heard plenty of famous older people and such with distinctive southern accents but I don't know of too many famous young people with it so I'm wondering? Some examples I've seen are pronouncing Time like tom, mind like mond, want and on almost like wont and own, can't like caint?, right kinda like rott, back like bike, dog like dohg, talk like toke, etc. Am I right?
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:18 PM
 
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Most of those are right, but "back" doesn't sound like "bike." "Back" sounds like "back" "Bike" on the other hand can sound almost like "back" Dog sounds like "dawg," "talk" sound like "tawk"

a lot of young people no longer have strong Southern accents. A lot of my friends do, but they're from small towns. Young people in the city have very diluted Southern accents.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Well idk...
For an example, I pronounce "Maryland" as "Murrlynd".
or "terrible" as "turrible"
Then again I pronounce words like caught and thought like someone from Northern NJ/NYC would.
My dialect is kinda mixed up...
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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Our = are. I tend to have a neutral accent, but this is one element that distinguishes me as Southern.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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naked=necked, pinch= peench, forest= faarest, orange=aarange, McDonald's= MacDonald's, Florida= Flaarida, instead of saying over there, its over yonder. Lunch is dinner, and dinner is supper. I'm from north/central Georgia and i've never heard anybody pronounce Time like tom, mind like mond, want and on almost like wont and own, but everywhere's different.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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boiled=bald, lawyer=laayer. I think the pin=pen thing is common in the South, too.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I usually can tell if they are southern or not but it is sometimes hard to pinpoint which part of the south. Some pronunciations where Im from (Norfolk/Va Beach Virginia) would be....

Maryland = Mayerlen, May-ah-lan
Ball & Bald = Baw
Car= cah
Four= fowa
where, wear= wheya
Nothing= nuntin
Party= Pawty or potty
go on ahead= gon' head
Carry your= care yo
looks like= lookin' lyka
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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Yes- I can tell which region of the South a person is from via their accent as I grew up there. Most who didn't would probably lump us all generically together. There were a few things we said that I never thought much of until I moved away- at which point I had to stop saying those things because people would stare. We used to say things like: " That will cost you buukoos of money". As it turns out, the word we were saying was French- as in "merci beaucoup" or- beaucoup, which means "Lots". We are from East TN so I can only assume somehow that word made it up from Louisiana somehow.

Other common things to say might be: " I reckon" or- Im Allright-you Allright?" , or- "Allrigtythen!"
" Well I be", "Lans Sake!" " I tell you whut!"
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Most of those are right, but "back" doesn't sound like "bike." "Back" sounds like "back" "Bike" on the other hand can sound almost like "back" Dog sounds like "dawg," "talk" sound like "tawk"
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Yes it does. Ever been to Florida? I think the OP mentioned that because he hears it constantly. I have family all over Florida. "Back" does indeed sound like "bike" and it's more prevalent in Central Florida. But that is how they pronounce back.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Tennessee
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*Thing = Thang.
*Do = Due.
*Drink = Drank.
*Old = Ole.
*Southern = Suthurn.
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