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Old 12-19-2012, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Do you pronounce the R at the end of "water" and "daughter"? I notice many people in your area don't.
The letter R is pronounced in Philly. Parts of NYC/Long Island and coastal New England drop the R. The rest of the Northeast does not.

Similarly in the South, the R is dropped in Tidewater VA and Charleston SC areas and parts of the gulf states, but is pronounced most other places.

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What makes the way Philadelphians pronounce "water" and "daughter" unique is not the R, it's the vowel sounds.

water sounds like "wooder"
daughter sounds like... something I can't even write out in a way that makes sense haha
north sounds like "newerth" and south sounds like "sailth"
Also, an "sh" sound appears in words that begin with S and are followed by a consonant. Example, street = shtreet.

And none of the following words sound the same: Mary, merry, marry. Each sounds different.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: The City
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The letter R is pronounced in Philly. Parts of NYC/Long Island and coastal New England drop the R. The rest of the Northeast does not.

Similarly in the South, the R is dropped in Tidewater VA and Charleston SC areas and parts of the gulf states, but is pronounced most other places.

File:Non rhotic-whites-usa.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What makes the way Philadelphians pronounce "water" and "daughter" unique is not the R, it's the vowel sounds.

water sounds like "wooder"
daughter sounds like... something I can't even write out in a way that makes sense haha
north sounds like "newerth" and south sounds like "sailth"
Also, an "sh" sound appears in words that begin with S and are followed by a consonant. Example, street = shtreet.

And none of the following words sound the same: Mary, merry, marry. Each sounds different.
Daughter - maybe Doorwtor not sure maybe you are right there is no correct spelling

other name places

DEEEtroit or Ilinoisesss

and one not always used is Dunk key for Donkey

to me the worst part of the Philly accent is ending sentences in propositional phrases

Where are you (at)?
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: The City
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Oh and forgot one the NY Giants especially like to rib on Eagles fans for - Iggles as they say but that is also not how people in Philly pronounce it truly. We do say the "e" but after the "i" is probably really Ieggles


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Old 12-20-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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I still have a slight Chicago accent. Never picked up a southern one (spend high school & college years in Kentucky).
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