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Old 11-15-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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Interested to hear your stories on either yourself as a transplant or someone you've met who has picked up the local accent. I have just recently moved to NE Alabama and I've caught myself saying "ya'll" and having certain words all of sudden pop out with this huge twang, it really surprises me every time. Just wanted to hear your stories, I think regional speech is very interesting.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Terra
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A friend of mine moved from Boston to VA for college and lived there afterwards. By the time I met him, when he was in his early 30s, he was speaking with a full blown VA twang. You would've never guessed that he was a New Englander.

I used to think that only kids and teens were prone to pick up local accents.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've found myself saying things the way Houstonians say them. Can't wait to drop that..
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:44 PM
 
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One of my wife's family members moved to Australia. Prior to her move, she spoke with a very southern drawl. Now, five years later, she sounds like a home-grown Australian.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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when Northerners move here, they pick up "y'all" very quickly because they realize how convenient it is.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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i think its inevitable depending on how long you live there. and if everyone there talks like that
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: NY-NJ-Philly looks down at SF and laughs at the hippies
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I have a friend from NJ who moved to some town in NC, I believe Raleigh or Charlotte. He came back to NJ for a visit sounding like a rebel, like Bo Duke. I couldn't understand him.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Yes, since moving here I've found that I do indeed sound more plain, bored, and disinterested.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: USA
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I had an Uncle from Mississippi, who as a young man, went to business school in Ft. Worth then moved to Chicago and lived there for 40 or more years until retirement to Florida. He sounded like a Chicagoan to me and I would have never believed he had once lived in the deep South (born and raised btw) had I not known. Southerners do lose their accents as well.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:07 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I have a friend from NJ who moved to some town in NC, I believe Raleigh or Charlotte. He came back to NJ for a visit sounding like a rebel, like Bo Duke. I couldn't understand him.
you're making this up

small town of Raleigh or Charlotte? My sister lives in Raleigh, in fact I'm in Raleigh right now visiting (population 403,892 in 2010), and its actually surprising how seldom I'm hearing Southern accents around the Raleigh-Durham area. Now go over a county or two and its a different story.

as for the not so clever small town pot shot, try again
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