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Old 07-21-2012, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by workaholics View Post
I know this is all just a matter of opinion, but I'm curious to find out what you all think is the most annoying or grating regional accent in America.

My nominees for the worst

Northern cities vowel shift- you find this accent from Buffalo to Minneapolis and I really can't stand it. I just realized this when I heard a guy on food network (Michael Symon I think) talking. And I also just found out that he's from Cleveland which would make sense. The way the "a" in the middle of words like 'man' and 'panda' is tortured just gets to me. ....

We love those A's, guy. Love 'em to death...we twist 'em, we spin 'em and then we spit 'em out with a trumpet blast of pure naked A-lovin' bray.

Anyone who thinks we torture our A's, probably thinks that the Marquis de Sade wrote about S&M porn instead of a Special Kind of Love.

Maaaaaaaan, when we get ahold of those A's we do it to 'em, but we do it different.


Old 07-21-2012, 09:41 AM
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Whatever accent Lil Wayne has is mad annoying too.
Old 07-21-2012, 04:00 PM
Location: 500 miles from home
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I grew up in the south and love southern accents - as long as they are not TOO over the top.
Old 07-22-2012, 06:49 AM
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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Originally Posted by baker Freesia View Post
^^^ 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.
Oh yes, Michigan people have accents. They never think so though. Maybe it's because I'm an immigrant I notice it so much. Funny that when I first came here I didn't catch it so much, but the longer I stay the more obvious it is to me.

Quite a few people I've met from Ohio and Indiana speak the same way...YEERRRRR for your. AYAPLE for apple.

I cannot stand to be near a group of Midwestern people talking, it absolutely makes me cringe. In all fairness, I am aware that my accent probably gets on a lot of nerves here too though.
Old 07-22-2012, 09:40 PM
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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My grandchildren, here in Florida and one step grandchild from Michigan, all talk so fast and so slurred, I spend half my time saying, "what...?" "say that again and slow down....." is it just me ? Are a lot of teens speaking that way now ? I consider it very slovenly.
Old 07-22-2012, 10:01 PM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by LindavG View Post
Reminds me of this (handwritten note by Michael Jackson)

There is nothing more annoying than girls who have to drop the word "like" five times in a sentence and end every sentence with "you know". It just sounds so anti-intellectual
You got it right about the "like" and the "you know" stuff. Now it seems everybody is doing it.
Old 07-22-2012, 10:22 PM
Location: Wonderland
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I cannot STAND it when people add an "r" in words that don't have one - like "wash" - and simultaneously leave R's out of words that they are supposed to be in, like "car."

"I'm taking my cah down ter ther cah warsh." SHUT THE F UP!!!!!!!

This seems most common in lower New England and in parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Of course, mah southern drawl probably makes them crazy too. But I wouldn't be sweet little ol' me without it, now would I?

Old 07-22-2012, 10:53 PM
Location: Orange County, N.C.
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Almost everyone in my immediate family is from Augusta, Ga where the saying is "We've got enought aunts to start a picnic" of course it is pronounced "ants".
Old 07-23-2012, 12:23 AM
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I grew up in Michigan and never noticed an accent however I do find lots of people add an "s" on to the end of words that don't require one. I've caught myself doing it. Like "lets go to Walmarts" for an example.

I now live in Indiana and it drives me nuts to hear people say the word vehicle. Its Ve-hick-cle. They really emphasize the hick in the middle. I do IT over the phone and now talk to people all over the country. I am now noticing the various accents. A few people I work with are from Boston. One guy really plays it up, even drags out noises within the conversation like "ughhh..ye...ughhhhhh" sounds like he is dying or extremely tired. The worst accent I have found is probably individuals from the deep south. I helped a guy from Louisana a while back and I wanted to bash my head on the desk. I could barely understand a word he said.

The conversation was like this
Me: Hi, what is your name?
Client: wintin
Me: Im sorry did you say Quentin?
Client: meh
Me: Excuse me?
Client: meh, wintin, meh

This went on for sometime. Turns out his name was Clinton, meh was yes and so on. It was a horrible call. I spent more time going "Im sorry, could you repeat that?" I really wanted to say, "do you know how to speak?!!!" Now imagine trying to have him read off a model number or serial number when I can't even understand his freaking name. OMG what a nightmare. The easiest accent I have found are Texans. Its an accent but its low and drawn out. "Yesss, madammmm" My model nummmmber? Its fivveee, twoooo, RRRRR, ......... I never ever have to ask for a repeat and they are so darn polite!
Old 07-23-2012, 01:01 AM
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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Doesnt get worse than Sarah Palin's mid North/Minnesota accent, so grating it cost McCain the election. Distantly behind that is the Carolina/Tennessee accent like Al Gore, John Edwards and Fred Thompson, just sounds really creepy.
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