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Old 09-08-2011, 11:58 AM
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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my favorite word and probably the only thing I say that may distinguish me as from the south is "fixin"

"Im fixin to go to the store"
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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Default Texas talk

On the soda/coke/tonic issue..it reminds me of my first few days in Texas (S.A.) back in the early 80's:

Me: "Say man, you've got change for a dollar?"
Co-worker: "No man...what'cha need?"
Me: "I just wanna get me a soda and ain't got change"
Co-worker: "You want a soda water"?
Me: "What?..soda water?..no man, I want a soda"
Co-worker: "Yeah, soda water"
And I start looking for a water fountain...
Those were my first few days in Tx.

Is that phrase (soda water) still in use?

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Old 09-08-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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my gandpa (mexican immigrant to california) used the term "soda water" for soda. my pops and i use it (and the cute variation "sode-y water") as a sort of in-joke (though it's called soda where i'm from). as long as i've ever been here, no one's ever called it anything but coke or soda. i've sometimes used the term "coke" at a restaurant to indicate i want the regular cola on tap, but have always been answered with "pepsi ok?" when it was a pepsi product on tap.

come to think of it, does anyone just call it cola?
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I went to Philly for vacation and within days I was talking like I was from there. The accent and words are contagious!
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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I went to Philly for vacation and within days I was talking like I was from there. The accent and words are contagious!
Do they still say gumbands for rubberbands?
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've never heard of gumbands. I had neighbors that used to take tub baths and iron curl their hair. Also, I've heard several people say Pampers for diaper, "Get me the pampers for the baby..." I don't know if all those are Texas things or not.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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Someone I used to work for when I lived in Oklahoma said:

"y'all is singular. All y'all is plural." I always thought that was funny.

Hearing people say that they are fixing to do something makes me giggle inside. When I lived in Michigan, and later in Iowa, I always thought it was strange when people who were saying the word "across" always added a t to the end of the word: "When I look acrost the pond..." There's no t in cross! That's honestly the only dialect/mispronounciation word I have ever heard that irritates me. I mostly enjoy the language differences.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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In central Illinois, it's "you guys". And the plural? "You guys". I work hard to keep saying "you guys" - I refuse to say "y'all".

I'm not from here, I just live here.

Having lived in SA most if my life that word "y'all' is the one word used by myself that my relatives in Springfield, IL have detected as having a TX. or southern accent. They said if I would leave that one word out people wouldn't know I was from TX. I will continue to use it out of habit, it's an easy word to use. It's used as contraction for all of you or more than one person your adressing here in the south.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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One thing I havent seen mentioned:

When I lived in Canada, Niagara Falls NY and St Pete Florida to get from point A to point B you took the "freeway" or "interstate" (even if it was an intrastate). Everything here is a "highway".

On a side note, I use to work for Citibank and spoke to NYC all day long.
Heard "on line" for "in line" daily.
Houston St was pronounced "Howston". I once pronounced it like the city and was told "you mean "Howston"?
Hispanic last names are always pronounced literally. "Vaquez" is "Vaskwez" for example.
Oh and if you want to emphasize your point you swear on a close relatives body part ("I swear on my grandmother's eyeballs")
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