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Old 08-09-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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They say "Right On" when acknowledging something.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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They say "Right On" when acknowledging something.
Oh yeah, very true. So Americans from the eastern 60% of the country don't say that?
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: United States of America
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I once talked to a girl from Ohio when I was in Los Angeles. And right off the bat, she says I was from New York.
I'm from Jersey and I was shocked she was able to be so on point.

While in LA, I met a British guy and we used to make fun of the SoCal accent. Kinda nasally and over pronounced. To me anyway
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: wandering LA
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What are some things in a person's language that imply they are from the West Coast (WA, OR, CA, or perhaps NV or AZ) and not from say, Iowa, Denver or a northern-transplanted part of the urban South?

I think there is somewhat of a difference between Californian and Pacific Northwest too. PNW speech tends to be a bit 'flatter' and less excitable, and a few different words, such as 'pop' rather than soda.
california regional speech does indeed differ from the pacific northwest region

as for the california connection to phoenix speech, lots of arizona orients towards californian vowels and usage like 'the' before freeways (freeway itself a westernism, most of the rest of the continent uses highway). Nevada also shows signs of californian vowels.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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Californians seem to draw out their short "a" vowels to sound a little bit like a short "o". For instance, it sometimes sounds kind of like "Bach" when some people say "back". Not quite as exaggerated, but somewhere in between Bach and back. Almost like "THe Californians" sketch they do on SNL. Obviously, that's exaggerated for humor's sake.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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They say "Right On" when acknowledging something.
Hey, "Right On", Man".

"Right" pause, pause, On"!

This is a throw back from the hippies days, not only in California. Watch old movies, and sit-coms from the late 60's and 70's. It disappeared for a few decades, but then returned 5yrs ago, or so. I think it's on it's way out again.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:10 PM
 
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Well ofcourse if the word "Hella" or "Hecka" comes out of their mouth there is a 99% chance they are from California...most likely NorCal. Im pretty guilty of saying these words everyday.
I'm from NorCal(Sacramento) and I can barely remember when we DIDN'T use "hella" and "hecka".

It's hella awesome that we say hecka all the time.

For years, I had no idea this was a NorCal term. I thought all y'all said it in the south, north, and midwest.

It's use is spreading.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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it may sound weird, but they say "and" a lot
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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"hella" term used alot if Nor-Cal
...and then, not really in The City. East Bay is "hella" country.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Oh yeah, very true. So Americans from the eastern 60% of the country don't say that?
A friend from NYC says that and I've started to say it. It's not very common, though.

Anyway: american english - What is a West Coast (U.S.) accent? - English Language and Usage
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