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Old 07-20-2012, 05:04 PM
Location: somewhere between Lk. Michigan & Lk. Huron
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^^^ I'm from Michigan, I don't seem to notice that, could be I'm use to it. I myself have an accent, it is I suppose you say is the vowel shift, but not like what I've been reading from these post, it is more with the A sound like in band, man, or stand, the sound comes out almost with a long A rather than short A, it sounds to southern, it's just a part of me. Aside from that I'm not fond of strong southern accent, nor the sound for the word park, when it comes across sounding like pahk or the word dark sounding like dahk.

Old 07-20-2012, 05:19 PM
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I lived in southwestern PA, near Pittsburgh for over 20 years. Some people there have a very strong accent and it always got on my nerves. - Jawn, when yinz git back, git me some of them flahrs up on the he-ill.
Old 07-20-2012, 06:19 PM
Location: NH
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annika08, funny you say that. I think thats one of the better accents ive heard. A female sounds very cute with that accent in my opinion.
Old 07-20-2012, 06:44 PM
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Just a little personal experience.

We have done a lot of choir work.. Once we were to sing anthem entitled "Open Our Eyes." Well, true to our southern drawl, it was coming out OPUN Our eyes. So our director worked and worked trying to eliminate the PUN sound.

I happened to sit with the congregation that Sunday....It came out, oh-PIN our eyes. oh-PIN our eyes. Just too much of a good thing, I guess.
Old 07-21-2012, 04:14 AM
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There is nothing more irritating than the way teenage females (predominantly, also becoming common in males) speak. The very cadence and rhythm of their voices is gut-wrenching. Ugh.
Old 07-21-2012, 04:36 AM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Californian spoken by ditzy teenage girls
Old 07-21-2012, 05:21 AM
Location: Pa
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Certain Philly accents. They sound very uneducated.
Old 07-21-2012, 07:33 AM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Originally Posted by 2e1m5a View Post
Why does everyone think New Jersey has one accent? South Jersey speaks with a Philly type accent and North Jersey speaks with a New York type accent. I can agree that a really strong East Coast accent can be "rough" or hard to listen to but I still love them. There isn't anywhere in the US that has such variance in speak in such a small area. Baltimore has a really cool accent not too many people hear often-just ask them to say the number two haha.

I hate Mid-West "don't cha knowww" accents or places with generic American speak. How dull!
Even that's not accurate. I grew up in actual NORTH Jersey--about ten miles south of the Rockland county line, 30 miles northwest of the city (if you don't get this, look at a map). My accent is nothing like a typical New York accent. The only people you really hear speak with a New York-type of accent--dropping the R, for example--are those who live immediately across the river from New York, in such places as Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, etc. Over the past 30 - 40 years, there was a large influx of people fleeing the Bronx and upper Manhattan who moved into the North Jersey suburbs, so some of those original folks would have been living in New Jersey and speaking with that accent, though most are dying out now. But they were New Yorkers. The original inhabitants of the area where I grew up were Dutch farmers--they didn't live in New York and then move to Jersey--they came there directly from The Netherlands to farm, and for a long time there was a dialect known as Jersey Dutch that was a mix of Dutch, native American, and English. It died out by the beginning of the 20th century, but its influence is still found in some of the words and pronounciations in the North Jersey area (as well as the Dutch place names).

And as pointed out above, South Jersey has an entirely different accent influenced by Philadelphia.
Old 07-21-2012, 07:38 AM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Originally Posted by workaholics View Post
That one always gets me. I grew up in Georgia and my family always said "ant". But my neighbors, who were from Virginia said "awnt". So I really don't know which pronunciation is more southern or northern
A woman I know, born and raised in NJ but with parents from Virginia and Georgia, says Ahnt. We say "Ant" for the most part, but I don't think that's really correct.
Old 07-21-2012, 09:24 AM
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Ghetto English
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