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Old 08-15-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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But I'm tellin' ya, I LIVE IN NEW JERSEY. Have all my life. 54 years. If anyone actually pronounces it that way, they are in the minority. It is NOW. Short. Clipped. One vowel sound. The same as if someone hits their hand with a hammer and yells, "OW!", but with an "n" in the beginning.

Except for a few cities in Hudson County and maybe some of Essex near Newark, there is no "NY/NJ" accent. New Yorkers speak differently from people in New Jersey.

I keep telling people that. I guess you'd have to actually visit NJ and travel a little further than Jersey City or Bayonne to discover this.
Yup, it's NOW. I've never heard anyone say it differently, either. Ever. Even people I know from Bayonne don't say it that exaggerated. Overall, I don't think we have much of an accent, other than people from North Jersey saying "tawk", "dawg", etc. South Jersey, I don't really know much about their accent.

 
Old 08-15-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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My least favorite accent is the Northern Midwestern accent (Michigan, Wisconsin, etc). 'mom' comes across as 'mAAAm' and it just drives me insane. Their o's become a's. I had a professor who was from Wisconsin and actually proclaimed his accent the most annoying. And my school was in Staten Island. Go figure!
 
Old 08-16-2012, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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OK, I can see where Bayonne might sound funny. I work with a few people from there. They say "yous" for more than one "you".

But that's hardly representative of NJ!
That "yous" accent is also a long island thing (mostly Queens or west Nassau Cty)


this movie is about singles in Bayonne NJ. Uma Thurman got the accent so accurate, when I first saw it I thought it was about lawnguyland, lol.



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Old 08-16-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I've heard that in parts of the upper Midwest, they pronounce the word spelled M-I-L-K as melk. I think that's about the most annoying thing I've ever heard...and I'm a native-born Brooklynite!
 
Old 08-16-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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I hate southern! With all the Y'alls (you all) rightquicks (real quick) bo (?) over yonder (over there).
 
Old 08-16-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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I hate southern! With all the Y'alls (you all) rightquicks (real quick) bo (?) over yonder (over there).
Funny thing...I have heard people use "yall" everywhere I've ever traveled...London, NYC, LA, Mexico City, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Boston, etc. I don't think it's a southern thing anymore, but has spread around the world. It's just simpler to say.

I don't know anyone that says "right quick" or "over yonder"...I'm sure there are lots of people that do use those kinds of terms, but they are more country than southern - there is a difference.
 
Old 08-16-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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I've only ever heard "all y'all" in the South, though.
 
Old 08-16-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Funny thing...I have heard people use "yall" everywhere I've ever traveled...London, NYC, LA, Mexico City, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Boston, etc. I don't think it's a southern thing anymore, but has spread around the world. It's just simpler to say.

I don't know anyone that says "right quick" or "over yonder"...I'm sure there are lots of people that do use those kinds of terms, but they are more country than southern - there is a difference.
Never in my life have I heard someone say "over yonder", unless they were being silly. That's a very old phrase that is most likely no longer in use by 98% of the south.

I would not say that "right quick" is a country term. I'm from the largest city in the southern US, and it's a somewhat common phrase.
 
Old 08-16-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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I've only ever heard "all y'all" in the South, though.
That just means "each and every one of you"
 
Old 08-17-2012, 09:36 AM
 
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I would not say that "right quick" is a country term. I'm from the largest city in the southern US, and it's a somewhat common phrase.
Maybe it's a Texas thing then...it's not something I hear very often.
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