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Old 01-03-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Fenton, Missouri
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I have to learn a new language. As most of you know I’m moving to WV this spring. There is definitely a difference in language and it’s meanings. I remember when I first went to WV in the early 80’s with my wife I went into a small grocery store (Kirk’s) and asked for a sodie. The woman behind the counter just looked at me strange and my wife said he wants a “pop”.
That is one of the many reasons I fell in love with my wife, because of her “twang”. I use to love hearing her tell me about the “heels” of WV and the small “cricks”. But I also remember her mom saying that I talked funny. It’s just funny how each state or region adopts it’s own language or jargon.
It’s just like here. The language here in St. Louis is totally different than the language in the Ozarks. My wife says that is the same way it is in WV too.
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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Rosetta Stone may have Hill-bonics on it's list of languages...it's next after Ebonics...
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Now with a handy pronunciation guide!

You'll pick up the lingo pretty quick. Just a warning, you will take it with you. Sometimes I slip into it, and people laugh at me
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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Rosetta Stone may have Hill-bonics on it's list of languages...it's next after Ebonics...
LOL, i'm going to have to remember to use that DK.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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The internet and the influx of mass media has exposed even the most isolated holler to "standard" American English. We're all bilingual now, don't worry.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:44 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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The internet and the influx of mass media has exposed even the most isolated holler to "standard" American English. We're all bilingual now, don't worry.
Please allow me to translate:

Th' internet an' th' influx of mass media has exposed even the dawgoned-est isolated holler t'"stan'ard" Wes Ginya English. We is all bilin'ual now, kwit fretin'.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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I have to learn a new language. As most of you know I’m moving to WV this spring. There is definitely a difference in language and it’s meanings. I remember when I first went to WV in the early 80’s with my wife I went into a small grocery store (Kirk’s) and asked for a sodie. The woman behind the counter just looked at me strange and my wife said he wants a “pop”.
That is one of the many reasons I fell in love with my wife, because of her “twang”. I use to love hearing her tell me about the “heels” of WV and the small “cricks”. But I also remember her mom saying that I talked funny. It’s just funny how each state or region adopts it’s own language or jargon.
It’s just like here. The language here in St. Louis is totally different than the language in the Ozarks. My wife says that is the same way it is in WV too.
If you speak General American English, you will get along just fine in
West Virginia. The localisms you will pick up on your own in time,
and Mountaineers are sufficiently sophistocated to determine the
meanings of any common words you use from other regions of the
country. They'll understand that you mean "pop" when you say
"soda", and "bag" when you say "sack".
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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You could take your wife along to translate and order for you.....
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Th' internet an' th' influx of mass media has exposed even the dawgoned-est isolated holler t'"stan'ard" Wes Ginya English. We is all bilin'ual now, kwit fretin'.
I once knew a feller that was bilin'ual. Yep, took up ta men AND ladies. Do buh'lieve heez moved 'tuh Warshington DC.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Fenton, Missouri
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O.k. David, I just picked up the new edition of Rosetta Stone. Until it arrives I'll just have to take my wife with me to translate. LOL : - )
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