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Old 08-27-2010, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Sitting on a bar stool. Guinness in hand.
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It's "bubbler", not "bubblah".
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"Bubbler" got it.. couldnt determine if it ended in ah or er.. damn accents
Actually to be fair to NEOhiobound I have hear bubbler pronounced as bubbleah. Mostly folk from holbrook I've heard say it like that.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Massatucky
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I 'picked up' the accent a tad after living here for 30 years. Now I say "ohff" instead of "awf", I say "wawdah" instead of "wahduh" and I say "tahk" and not "tawk" and "Bahston" instead of "Bawston". The "Old Boston" accent in fact is a dying thing and only the hardest accents are propagated in families and not likely in schools. Are you going to also keep you kids from talking to the neighbors, going to the pahk - I mean do you want a special isolation pod for them so they pick up nothing from their environment? I would see which towns have the highest incomes and generally those are the towns you won't be hearing the heaviest accents, in general, but don't try to escape it. Kick back, have a bee-yah and some lobstah, will yuz?
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Apparently it is a bathroom..lol. When we first arrived here and went to a hotel, we were pointed out where the "water closets" where..lol
That is a Europeanism--it's what the bathrooms are often called in France. What kind of hotel was this? (The hotel person also might have been using the term ironically-I had a friend whose mother always used to say "If you need les toilettes, they're down that way.")

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And Bub(b)legum- Think you are in denial. There are accents ALL OVER this country. You just choose to not hear them obviously
Yep. Some are obvious, others not as much. But even people from the Boston area who don't have the obvious Boston accent have different inflections from midwesterners, Texans or Californians.

50 years ago Steinbeck lamented the homogenization of American culture, included the erosion of regional speech patterns. I agree with him that it's a shame everything is on a path to bland and sterile sameness and I try to resist it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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Apparently it is a bathroom..lol. When we first arrived here and went to a hotel, we were pointed out where the "water closets" where..lol


And Bub(b)legum- Think you are in denial. There are accents ALL OVER this country. You just choose to not hear them obviously



"Bubbler" got it.. couldnt determine if it ended in ah or er.. damn accents
I never said there weren't accents ALL OVER this country. To say that everyone has one, however, is untrue.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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It is not untrue at all.. everyone has their own unique accent. Take ANY Texan and drop him/her in another state. People will say they have an accent. Take anyone born in Maine and drop them somewhere else, people will say they have an accent. EVERYONE has one, whether you believe it or not
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Greater Boston
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Boston is the capital of one of the original colonies. Wouldn't we have an accent more "original" than other states? Often, visitors from Australia pronounce a word ie. car, yard.. similar to the way Bostonians do. Is there a connection there that is "original" to England. And, pray tell, how is a PBS announcer's voice more sophisticated than a Bostonian's? Anyone of a certain age - Baby boomer - who grew up in the area knows that the original elite -creators of Harvard, MIT, and Channel 2 - had a distinctive Boston accent. I guess the even the Kennedys would be annoying to the yuppie mindset.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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I never said there weren't accents ALL OVER this country. To say that everyone has one, however, is untrue.
That is a throughly absurd, and frankly, ignorant opinion. You may have an accent that is fairly widespread, but that's not to say you don't have one or that your pronunciation is more "pure" than ours. You sound just as funny to us as we do to you. Unless you use the same tonalities of early-modern, pre-Elizabethan English, I think it's safe to say you speak with some sort of accent. My guess would be you're from the Midwest.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Sorry to burst your buble, but EVERY region of this country has it's own accent. The Boston accent may be a bit easier to identify than the bland midwest or Californian accents, but trust me, within a few sentences, it's apparent that you're from somewhere else.

The funny thing was that when we transplanted ourselves to the midwest in our early 30's, I discovered that I had an accent. Egads, who would have guessed??? People got a kick out of our pronounciations, as I got a kick out of theirs. They WARSHED their cars, they drove it FARTY miles an hour down the road. What's up with all those R's??? Thank God we came back to New England before they worked their way into our accents

I can't tell you where in MA to live if you don't want your kids to develop a Boston accent. You'll probably have to keep them pretty isolated (as suggested, home schooled, etc) but maybe enough PBS and NPR will keep their speech pattern pure... Be careful. One day, when you least expect it, somebody from whereever it is that you're from might way to you "Gee, you sound a little different. Are you developing a Boston accent?"

Remember:
Bizah = odd
Flahwiz = roses, etc
Hahpahst = 30 minutes past the hour.
Hahwahya? = How are you?
Khakis = what we staht the cah with.
Retahded = silly
Shewah = of course!
Wikkid = extremely

Frappes have ice cream, milk shakes don't.
If it's fizzy and flavored, it's tonic.
Soda is club soda. Pop is Dad.
When we mean tonic water, we say tonic water.
It's not a water fountain, it's a bubblah.
It's not a trash can, it's a barrel.
It's not a shopping cart, it's a carriage.
It's not a purse, it's a pockabook.
It's not a basement, it's a cellar. Not a wine cellar, just a cellar.
Brown bread comes in a can. You open both ends and push it out, heat it and eat it with baked beans and hot dahgs.
They're not franks, they're hot dahgs. (Franks are money in France)
They're not suckers, they're lollypops.
They're not sprinkles, they're jimmies.
They're not tennis shoes, they're sneakers.

Welcome to New England.



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I never said there weren't accents ALL OVER this country. To say that everyone has one, however, is untrue.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Sitting on a bar stool. Guinness in hand.
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Retahded = silly.
Unfortunately people outside of the region sometimes take this as an insult to mental challenged people. I remember when that idiot Sarah Palin made a big stink about Rob Emanuel using the world "retared" to explain a certain policy point about a year ago. Emanuel had to not only apologize to the public for the use of the word but also had to call Tim Shriver, chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics because of the comment. I found it this rather whole afair rather insulting considering I use that word everyday (part of my cultural nomenclature) to describe certain aspects of our society including "retahded" politicians/political pundants like both Emmanuel and Palin.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I'm completely offended by this as someone who grew up in MA. However, I will say that I don't have a Boston accent and I grew up in Marshfield. I do find that the white collar towns do have less of the Boston accent so I would recommend Marshfield, Duxbury, Cohasset, Norwell, and Hingham.

Also, I think the original poster sounds like a total snot and isn't someone I'd want to associate with from the sounds of them. I mean knocking people up here because we have accents? Obviously this person wants her kids to be followers and not stand out from the crowd. Yeah, I can just smell success.
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