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Old 01-22-2013, 03:06 PM
 
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I think that's just Chuck. I've never noticed anything unusual about Butler County, and I've had plenty of contact with people from there, as I grew up next door in Grundy. Then again, maybe that means we have it too? But I think it's just him. Maybe he's trying to project the sort of gravitas he feels a 32 year veteran of the Senate should have?

A friend of mine here in San Francisco pointed out once that it was noticeable that I pronounced the h in "while" as opposed to "wile" or "wull", and he assumed that was part of the Iowa accent. It was a little surprising, since I'd never noticed much of a difference between the northern CA accent and basic Midland American English. Then again, a ton of people here either come from the midwest or have roots there, so we've probably brought our accent with us.
The only person I have heard pronounce the "h" in a "wh" word is Stewie Griffin
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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The only person I have heard pronounce the "h" in a "wh" word is Stewie Griffin
I thought of that too.

I'm guessing you and everybody else in this thread do it too, we just don't notice or think about it because it's subtle. If you heard somebody say a wh word with just a really strong w sound (for instance pronouncing "where" exactly the same as "wear"), you'd probably notice.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:12 PM
 
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"Polk" County rhymes with egg yolk.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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I didn't read most of this thread... but my spouse grew up in Iowa and moved to Texas at age 16. She says some things "funny" (to us) but for the most part you can't hear any accent. Some words though... she says "bag" and "sag" like "bayg" and "sayg". Like the A in "fate".

She says bagel weird too, sounds like beggle. And pecan and coupon (que-pon!?).. oh my.. I won't even go there.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I'm not sure how you define "small town."

When I lived in LA they said that all the time; in Arabic, Armenian, Russian, English, or whatever. I am curious as to what you big city folk say.
Bump.

Don't want to lose this. Well, Ronnie? Everyone is dying to know the right answer.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Of course, anyone can say anything, anywhere.

From what I've noticed, you'll her something more along the lines of: "I'm going to Target" (a direct usage implying a certain location) in larger cities instead of "the store".

"The store" is actually a very powerful umbrella term, as it can mean: post office, mall, gym, restaurant, etc.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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"The store" is actually a very powerful umbrella term, as it can mean: post office, mall, gym, restaurant, etc.
bogus
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Of course, anyone can say anything, anywhere.

From what I've noticed, you'll her something more along the lines of: "I'm going to Target" (a direct usage implying a certain location) in larger cities instead of "the store".

"The store" is actually a very powerful umbrella term, as it can mean: post office, mall, gym, restaurant, etc.
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bogus
Agreed. I've never lived in a town of more than 3000 or so people. When I have said "I'm going to the store" I have always meant specifically the grocery store. If I'm going to the Post Office, I say "I'm going to the Post Office." If I'm going to a restaurant, I'll say "I'm going out to get a bite to eat" and most likely specify which restaurant I'm going to. If I say "I'm going to the gym" I'm probably lying. Same goes for all of my small-town friends and family members. Except the part about the gym, some of them actually do work out.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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People don't say they're "going to the store" if they're not going to a store (usually the grocery store, or maybe a close-by corner store). Unless they're cheating on their wife.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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Agreed. I've never lived in a town of more than 3000 or so people. When I have said "I'm going to the store" I have always meant specifically the grocery store. If I'm going to the Post Office, I say "I'm going to the Post Office." If I'm going to a restaurant, I'll say "I'm going out to get a bite to eat" and most likely specify which restaurant I'm going to. If I say "I'm going to the gym" I'm probably lying. Same goes for all of my small-town friends and family members. Except the part about the gym, some of them actually do work out.
Exactly.

"The store" is grocery store. If I am going to Target I say I am going to Target.

When I go to workout I say "I'm going to class" because that is what it is...a kickboxing class. If I was going to workout on gym equipment (not gonna happen) I'd say I was going to the gym.
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