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Old 08-04-2009, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
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Can someone PLEASE help me gain an understanding of what it is?
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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part of it is a mispronunciation of standard English. "Wader" instead of "water" is a big one. I'm not familiar with many of the misconceptions until I hear them in conversation. Oh yeah, and people say "hoagie" but have no idea what a "sub" is. Or, a "sub" is a "crappy hoagie" to them, short for a sea submarine, or they will most likely think you are talking about "the el" (elevated train I think it's short for.) That may be one way to tell someone's been in Philly or South Jersey their whole lives, haha.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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Here is a video of a couple Philadelphians talking on the street in Kensington (Northeast Philly). Unlike the many frauds on youtube who videotape themselves claiming that they have a Philly accent, these guys in this vid really do have a Philly accent. Interview is about 20 seconds in...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xmNF...eature=related
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:24 PM
 
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//www.city-data.com/forum/phila...ly-accent.html
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: DC
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Philadelphia dialect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Phillyspeak

There are a bunch of other hits if you just Google it, including an eHow guide
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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Gotta admit, been in Philly all my life.
My accent is so strong that sometimes I hear myself and it scares me.
"Im gonna" is a biggy of mine, as in, "I'm gonna go to work now." Go figure.

Famous Philly word: The "Acme" Market becomes The "AC-A-ME" Market
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Passed out on the trail to Hanakapi'ai
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Can someone PLEASE help me gain an understanding of what it is?

Ebonics
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: stuck
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it is a horrifying accent. being born and raised in north jersey, it annoys me even moreso.

some examples:

words like know and home will become "kneow" and "hewm"

words like about will become "abaaat"

glass and class will become "glase" and "clase"

there is "dere"

for is "fer"
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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it is a horrifying accent. being born and raised in north jersey, it annoys me even moreso.

some examples:

words like know and home will become "kneow" and "hewm"

words like about will become "abaaat"

glass and class will become "glase" and "clase"

there is "dere"

for is "fer"
The only accents more annoying than a Philly accent, is a Noooth Joisey, Loooong Isleeeand or New Yawk accent.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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part of it is a mispronunciation of standard English. "Wader" instead of "water" is a big one. I'm not familiar with many of the misconceptions until I hear them in conversation. Oh yeah, and people say "hoagie" but have no idea what a "sub" is. Or, a "sub" is a "crappy hoagie" to them, short for a sea submarine, or they will most likely think you are talking about "the el" (elevated train I think it's short for.) That may be one way to tell someone's been in Philly or South Jersey their whole lives, haha.
It's 'wooder', not 'wader'.
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