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Old 06-11-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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BTW feel free to add to the list of random words people say differently. This is just all that I could think of on the fly this morning.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I grew up in Minnesota.

aunt: [ænt] as in "ant"
been: [bɛn] as in "ben"
caramel: ['kar-məl]
cauliflower: ['kal-ɪ-flaʊ-wər]
coupon: ['ku-pan]
lawyer: ['lɔi-jər] as in "joy"
Mary/merry/marry: all the same
mischievous: ['mɪs-t͡ʃə-vəs] (3 syllables)
pajamas: [pə-'jæ-məz] as in "jam"
pecan: [pə-'kan] as in "con"
realtor: ['riəl-tər] (2 syllables)
roof: [ruf] as in "food"
root: [rʊt] as in "put" OR [rut] as in "food"
syrup: ['sər-əp] as in "sir"
cot/caught: very slightly different (cot has more [æ] in it)
garage: [gə-'raʒ] as in "Taj Mahal"
grocery: ['groʃ-ri] as in "lotion"
insurance: stress on the second syllable
two or more people: you guys
"Are you coming with" as a full sentence: correct (I use this construction all the time)
sale of unwanted items: garage sale
firefly vs. lightning bug: firefly
crawfish vs. crayfish vs. crawdad: crayfish
sneakers vs. tennis shoes: tennis shoes (pronounced ['tɛn-ɪ-ʃuz])
highway vs. freeway: all freeways are highways, but not all highways are freeways (freeway=interstate)
roundabout vs. traffic circle vs. rotary: roundabout
frosting vs. icing: frosting
"The City": the Twin Cities, though we would probably pluralize it ("going up to the Cities")
water fountain vs. drinking fountain vs. bubbler: drinking fountain OR water fountain (but NOT bubbler)
soda vs. pop vs. coke: pop
bag: closer to [beɪg] as in "fade" than [bæg] as in "fad"
night before Halloween: I have no word for this, but Des Moines people think it's called "Beggar's Night," ughh
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Tidewater Virginian with a long stay in NJ


Carbonated Beverage: Soda

Shopping Cart: Shopping cart

To address a group of two or more people: You guys

Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: Crawfish

Splinter or Sliver (A piece of wood that gets caught in your finger): Splinter (really "splntah")

Pecan Pie: P'kahn pie

Fuzzy little worms: caterpillar

Spider with 8 very long legs and a very small body: Kill it!!!

Term for an Attorney: lawyuh or maybe more like lahyuh.

Caramel: CAR-ml (but the "a" sound is the same as in "bat" not as in "car")

Out: oat

Egg: egg (short E, not long A like "ayg")

Mary: Mare-y (long A)

Merry: Meh-ry (short E. I find "Mary Christmas" annoying and incorrect. Merry is pronounced differently)

Marry: Ma-ry (short A as in cat or bat)
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Another word I thought of--this one's mostly for the girls:

Barrette, the clip that you use in your hair: We always called it a buh-RETT, but I have heard others, mostly from the south, say BAR-rett.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Carbonated Beverage: Soda.

Shopping Cart: Shopping Cart.

To address a group of two or more people: You, you guys, some people say Yous.

Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: Crawfish.

Splinter or Sliver (A piece of wood that gets caught in your finger): Splinter

Pecan Pie: Usually Pee-Kahn, but I'll switch to Pe-Caaan with no rhyme or reason.

Fuzzy little worms: ???

Spider with 8 very long legs and a very small body: Daddy long-legs

Term for an Attorney: LOY-er.

Caramel: Car-mel or Ca-ra-mel with not much rhyme or reason. I probably say Car-mel more (the incorrect pronunciation).
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Tidewater Virginian with a long stay in NJ

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Mary: Mare-y (long A)

Merry: Meh-ry (short E. I find "Mary Christmas" annoying and incorrect. Merry is pronounced differently)

Marry: Ma-ry (short A as in cat or bat)
This is so interesting. I always see this brought up in discussions about American accents, but it's always just described as "pronouncing these three words the same/differently" rather than actually spelling out how they would be pronounced differently. It never even occurred to me until a few years ago that anyone would pronounce these words differently. They're all ['mɛər-i] (rhymes with "airy") for me, and that's all I've ever heard (or noticed) in person.

What do people think is the most localized pronunciation quirk they have?

For me, other than "Duck Duck Grey Duck," it's probably the "come with" or "go with" construction. Like "I'm going to Target, do you want to go with?" rather than "do you want to go with me." I don't think I've ever heard anyone from outside the "Minnesota-sphere" use that.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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I'm from Southwester Virginia and here is how we/I say some random words that seem to alternate regionally.

Feel free to add more examples...This is sorta on the fly.
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Carbonated Beverage: Usually you hear people ask for a Coke and then specify but it seems like proper nouns for the beverage is most common...I.e., Sprite, Mello Yello, Mr. Pibb, etc.

Shopping Cart: Buggy

To address a group of two or more people: Most people say y'all but some random people say "yun'z."

Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: Most people say crawfish but I hear crawdad quite a bit too.

Splinter or Sliver (A piece of wood that gets caught in your finger): Splinter

Pecan Pie: Usually Pee-Kahn

Fuzzy little worms: Usually wooly worms or rolly polly

Spider with 8 very long legs and a very small body: Granddaddy Long Leg

Term for an Attorney: LAW-yer..........not LOY-er.

Caramel: Carra-mel
I'm from central Michigan -

Carbonated beverage: Pop (you can say "soda" and get away with it occasionally)
Shopping cart: Cart
Group of two people: You Guys or You All
Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: I usually hear Crayfish but I don't really use it
Splinter/Silver: Splinter
Pecan Pie: PEE-kahn or pee-KAHN, don't really know
Fuzzy little worms: Roly poly, but don't really use this either
Spider: Daddy long leg
Attorney: LOY-er
Caramel: KAR-muhl
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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I'm from Union County, NJ.

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Carbonated Beverage: Usually you hear people ask for a Coke and then specify but it seems like proper nouns for the beverage is most common...I.e., Sprite, Mello Yello, Mr. Pibb, etc.

soda

Shopping Cart: Buggy

cart or carriage sometimes but usually cart

To address a group of two or more people: Most people say y'all but some random people say "yun'z."

you guys

Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: Most people say crawfish but I hear crawdad quite a bit too.

crawfish but we don't really eat or have these up here

Splinter or Sliver (A piece of wood that gets caught in your finger): Splinter

splinter

Pecan Pie: Usually Pee-Kahn

pee-can

Fuzzy little worms: Usually wooly worms or rolly polly

rolly polly

Spider with 8 very long legs and a very small body: Granddaddy Long Leg

daddy long leg

Term for an Attorney: LAW-yer..........not LOY-er.

loy-er

Caramel: Carra-mel

cara-mel, like the names Cara and Mel as in Melanie or Melissa put together
In my area, most people also say tawk for talk, awl for all, waw-ter for water, lawng for long, wawk for walk, dawg for dog, etc.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Joplin, Missouri
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<I'm an Ozarkian.>

Carbonated Beverage: Soda Pop or Sody Pop

Shopping Cart: Shoppin Cart.

To address a group of two or more people: Y'all

Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: Crawdad.

Splinter or Sliver (A piece of wood that gets caught in your finger): Splinter

Pecan Pie: Pee-Kahn

Fuzzy little worms: bagworms?? (the ones that do web-like things in the trees in the Fall and make the trees look ugly.)

Spider with 8 very long legs and a very small body: Grandaddy long-legs

Term for an Attorney: Lawyer

Caramel: Car-mel or Ca-ra-mel: Car-mal

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One that always annoys me as an Ozarkian is sophisticated-soundin people talkin about 'Bush Hogging'. It is 'Brush Hoggin'. Get it right! lol



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Old 06-14-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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I grew up in a small redneck town on the Missouri/Kansas border:


Carbonated Beverage:
"Pop," but I will sometimes say "Coke." Never soda.
Shopping Cart: Cart
To address a group of two or more people: Y'all
Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad: Crawdad. (I used to catch them in the backyard as a kid.)
Splinter: Splinter
Pecan Pie: "Pah-con"
Fuzzy little worms: Rolly Polly
Spider with 8 very long legs and a very small body: Daddy long leg
Term for an Attorney: "Law-yur"
Caramel: "Car-mull"
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