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Old 06-29-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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How do you pronounce Gardiner, Maine?

Is it Gard-ner or Gar-din-er? Do most people pronounce the Rs at all?

And while I'm at it, are there are any other Maine/Central Maine words with tricky or unusual pronunciations?

Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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How do you pronounce Gardiner, Maine?

Is it Gard-ner or Gar-din-er? Do most people pronounce the Rs at all?
Depends on who you're talking to, and where he or she is from. Pronunciation may range from Gahd-na to Gard-ner, with variations between.

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And while I'm at it, are there are any other Maine/Central Maine words with tricky or unusual pronunciations?

Thanks!
Yep, lots. Takes a bit for your ears to get used to it sometimes. Again, depends on who you're talking to. The classic 'characteristic' accent sometimes portrayed on the TV or in movies is an attempt to reproduce the 'Downeast' accent (Machias, Cutler, etc.) but, like many other areas of the country, accents within the state may vary from place to place.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Maine is as big as the other five New England states put together. We have as many different accents as there are in those five states. I think John Kerry is the only person on the planet with his affected accent.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:55 AM
 
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having lived in wes-gardna (west gardiner) I'll throw in my two cents

if you have a different accent and say gardna, people will look at you funny,

garden- ner is fine,,,, you will hear....mostly ...gard-ner, or gaaard-ner
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:15 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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How do you pronounce Gardiner, Maine?

Is it Gard-ner or Gar-din-er? Do most people pronounce the Rs at all?

And while I'm at it, are there are any other Maine/Central Maine words with tricky or unusual pronunciations?

Thanks!
R's are pronounced with an "ah" just like the south except in Maine we don't drag it out so long or have the lilt in our voice. If the word ends with, say, an A then an well pronounced R is added. E.g. If we introduce a friend named Wanda, she becomes Wand-er. All the nuances are tricky and sometimes complicated but after the 2 year class in Jonesport you should start catching on.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:52 AM
 
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Thanks, everyone! I don't want to sound like an idiot when I tell people where I'm living.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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Thanks, everyone! I don't want to sound like an idiot when I tell people where I'm living.

The gene pool in gardna is kinda shallow, no worries of sounding like an idiot
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: New England
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The gene pool in gardna is kinda shallow
More so than other areas of Maine?
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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How do you pronounce Gardiner, Maine?

Is it Gard-ner or Gar-din-er? Do most people pronounce the Rs at all?

And while I'm at it, are there are any other Maine/Central Maine words with tricky or unusual pronunciations?

Thanks!
Congratulations!--you made it. It must feel great to leave Baltimore behind. You might want to pick up one of those learn to speak Maine books Here's a website to get you stahted. Speak Like a Mainer (disclaimer: I haven't verified all the info for accuracy)
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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And just for the record: Calais is Kallus, Lubec is lu-BEC, Machias is ma-CHI-us, Bangor is Bang-er or Ban-goah, depending. The Penobscot Bay accent is different from the Bath accent is different from the Cutler accent is WAY different from the St. John Valley accent.
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