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Old 04-14-2012, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Born and raised and yet I still cringe when I hear that lol
Older generations say wash like "warsh" like that in St. Louis a lot to, yet the accents are perfectly flat. It's actually much more commonplace than you'd think.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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Older generations say wash like "warsh" like that in St. Louis a lot to, yet the accents are perfectly flat. It's actually much more commonplace than you'd think.
Yeah. Not sure where the "warsh" thing started. That would be a neat thing to learn.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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In Eastern New England
Aunt is pronounced Aant not ant
Route is pronounced root not Rowt
Roof is pronounced roof not ruff
vauge is pronouced vag not vahg
ect.
and its prominate too even among people younger than 35.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Older generations say wash like "warsh" like that in St. Louis a lot to, yet the accents are perfectly flat. It's actually much more commonplace than you'd think.
I've noticed that, too.

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Yeah. Not sure where the "warsh" thing started. That would be a neat thing to learn.
I'd like to know the answer, too.
Something else strange.....a lot of the older women in Ste Gen would say "hairs" instead of "hair", when referring to what was on top of their heads.
My dad always hypothesized that it had something to do with every one of those women speaking German at home.
I have no idea, but I sure would like to know the deal on that.
I've noticed that little regional quirk has all but died out.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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In Eastern New England
Aunt is pronounced Aant not ant
Route is pronounced root not Rowt
Roof is pronounced roof not ruff
vauge is pronouced vag not vahg
ect.
and its prominate too even among people younger than 35.
What about the classic dropping of r's? (car=cah, bar=bah, harbor=hahbah, etc.)
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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I was born in '92, and moved around and travelled a lot as a kid. For the most part my accent is general American, but it tends to have flavours of various regional accent, and changes depending on my mood. It can go from Canadian to Texan to English to Australian to New York.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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What about the classic dropping of r's? (car=cah, bar=bah, harbor=hahbah, etc.)
Yes that happens, but I was trying to show the accent was more than just dropping r's
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:14 AM
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In Eastern New England
Aunt is pronounced Aant not ant
Route is pronounced root not Rowt
Roof is pronounced roof not ruff
vauge is pronouced vag not vahg
ect.
and its prominate too even among people younger than 35.
Some of these aren't just Eastern New England things. I hear root more often than rout (outside of Massachusetts). And who says ruff ?

I say the a in vague with the same sound as day. Is the same as your "Eastern New England pronunciation"?
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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Some of these aren't just Eastern New England things. I hear root more often than rout (outside of Massachusetts). And who says ruff ?

I say the a in vague with the same sound as day. Is the same as your "Eastern New England pronunciation"?
A professor of mine from Michigan says "ruff" and "rut" for root.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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I'm Canadian (live in Toronto, raised in Northern Ontario) and I took that quiz and ended up with the "neutral accent".
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