May 02, 2003
Go read the comments on my "ACCENTS" post a few places down. WHAT you say tells a lot about you, but how you SOUND when you say it speaks volumes about you.
I just want to make a few comments of my own:
1) I once worked for a Chinese guy who was raised in New Zealand. He looked like a waiter at the Hop-Sing Restaurant, but sounded like Crocodile Dundee. I suffered extreme cognative dissonance whenever I was around him.
2) ALL really strong Yankee accents grate on my Southern nerves. Brooklynese is probably the worst (the sound of "youse goys" make me want to KILL) but Bahstanian and Maineiacal accents are a close second.
3) A FAKE Southern accent will get you killed where I live. I've never heard ANYBODY except Holly Hunter come close to the real thing, and I believe that Holly MUST be Southern to begin with. (Let me Google) BWHAHAHAHAHAA!! I KNEW IT!!! Born in Conyers, Georgia, 1958. That's about halfway between Athens and Atlanta. She just speaks NORMAL when she wants to sound Southern.
4) I don't like Black people who fake a Jamaican accent, either. WTF is THAT?
5) Florida is the only state below the Mason-Dixon line that is NOT Southern. It is filled with transplanted Yankees, Cuban refugees, Haitian immigrants, and retired proctologists from Kansas. I HATE Florida. Usually, when I meet someone with an accent I cannot place, I say, "Get your rotten ass back to Florida, where you came from! And DON'T COME BACK, hear?
Y'all chew on that for a while.
Fran Drescher! That accent is like the proverbial fingernails on blackboard. Augh!
Which is to say, I agree about the Brooklyn thing.
Conyers is a great place. I went to college in Covington and both my parents came from Douglasville before it became a burb. Before 1965, Miami was Atlanta [in 1960] with a beach. Everybody in Hialeah was from Alabama.
After spending Christmas '95 in Griffin with the family, my daughter and I were driving home and stopped at the I-75 Exit at Valdosta where the Green Frog used to be. There was a HUGE factory outlet warehouse mall on the west side. We went into the Izod place and it was a showroom maybe 100' x 200' and the only person in there was a salesgirl who MUST have been 17-years old and Vietnamese.
She walked up to us and said, "Kin eye hep ewe?"
Sweet as pie.
Ahhh, accents and regional sayings. Two things that EVERYBODY can blather on and on about...
1) You'll be depressed to know that the "youse guys" crap somehow made its way into Green Bay, WI and parts northward. I had never heard such a thing until we moved all of 100 miles from Milwaukee to Green Bay.
2) I used to love a friend's parents' accents-- Kentucky mitigated by a few years in the Midwest.
3) Up in northeastern Wisconsin, our irritating accent is Yooper (from UP, for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Tough to explain, except you get lots of "da" for "the" and "ya hey" instead of "yes."
4) And over where I am now (Minneapolis), you get the "Fargo" accent from most people that hail from north of the Twin Cities (including my wife, when we travel to her home town--10 miles south of Canada).
5) My mom grew up in West Virginia, but her accent only comes out when she's had a drink or two (just before she falls asleep, which is why she's never had a hangover... according to her).
The Green Frog! Holy Shit! They ahd one in Waycross, too. In 1962, anyway. Used to have to visit my psychotic aunt there. Of course, my mother was born in Baxley, and lived in Douglas, Waycross, and Manor before moving to Savannah when she was 13.
Here's the problem. I still have my Savannah accent, which A-Man will tell you is MUCH different than an Atlanta accent, etc, etc. But my kids' generation don't have accents. They ALL sound like valley girls, even the black girls. It's sad. Accents are toast.
V-Dude... TELL ME THAT YOU ARE LYING!!!
Cranky Cracker Dude: Have you ever heard Hawaiian accents? I love them. They're musical, lilting, fun. Listening to a group of Hawaiians talk - especially when they're talking pidgin - is a treat. You could practically dance to the rhythm, even though you wouldn't understand half the words. These islands have their own kine language, and it's just one of the things I adore about living here.
I have to agree with you on all counts. New Jersey spawns some horrible accents. As for Florida, you can't even get sweet tea there. What's up with that? I'm not sure if this can be counted as an accent, but when white people try to talk like black people...that's the worst.
Well I have grown up mostly in Missouri and Kansas and we have NO accent. we have a few sayings like YUP and Warsh for wash, but my bitch of a mother was raised in Missouri and Texas...............but she has a Boston accent!!!! What a snob bitch she is, she puts in on cause she thinks it is sophisticated, and she sound sso damn fake. She was raised most her life in Texas, and when she woldnt concentrate, she will let a yall slip out once in a while. lol
And I agree with you.........nothing worse than a Boston, or Brooklyn or Queens accent. And how about Chicago? Can anyone understand a southsider?
you gotta realize that in Maine, everyone south of there is a dayyam yankee.
Zander -- I'll have something to say about Southsiders soon. Don't miss it!! LOL
Oh yes you can get sweet tea in Florida. You just have to get out of Disney World. Most people who come to Florida head straight for the Magic Kingdom, and then they leave, and go home to whine "Florida's full of foreigners." Dummasses.
The parts of Florida to avoid are: Disney World and the surrounding area (unfortunately, that is where I live); Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Boca-West Palm Beach -- just all of it below Lake Okeechobee; Tallahassee (it's a hive of politicians); Tampa/St. Pete. And probably Jacksonville too. Oh -- and Daytona/Cocoa Beach. Just avoid all the beaches where college students go.
All the rest of Florida is Cracker-land. Oh -- and there's a reason we drive so crazy down here. Have you seen our wildlife? You've got to drive fast, or the giant armadillos will get you.
what really drives me up the bloody wall is those that impersonate a British accent. having lived in Basildon and europe for many years, it just makes me want to drive an ice pick into my ears when i hear a fake accent. you really nailed, it. but while at least most acters can at least fake a brit accent, they can never imitate the southern...lol...great blog. i enjoy reading it.
VenOmous Kate-- I have a friend who's from Hawaii, her parents are both from the PI, but Eileen grew up in Honolulu. She'll say stuff like 'you wan go get dis' 'wha kine you want', etc etc. I like to hear her talk. I loved it when her mother was visiting, a tiny little filipina lady... one time she was talking about Eileen's dad, who has a weak bladder... 'dat puckeen ole mon pees he pant agane'. They're cute to listen to.
Now... on the other hand... I know this white portugee girl from another island, and I can't STAND to listen to her talk. She sounds like a freakin' airhead. Eileen says that's how the white Hawaiians talk though. I dunno. I only spent six hours in Honolulu. Haven't had a chance to go back and stay for a while yet.
wow, zander- ive been trying to trace the warsh for wash thing for a while now. my friends fiance's family says that, and apparently that's an accent that developed in warshington DC. so its interesting that you've got that in missouri and all.
as for me- im from new york, and i have a slight accent. my parents and my grandmother, however... typical jewish new york accents. fran drescher was SUCH an exaggeration. our voices are normal, but my friends from outside NY are always making fun of me.
i love australian, and i love west indian accents- particularly barbadian's accents. for 7 years, my babysitter was from barbados, so i picked up her accent. to this day, its very hard for me to meet a west indian and not slip back into that. i've also got puerto rican's spanish accents, the jewish new yorker's one, and israeli. it all depends who im speaking to. that's what happens when you live in a very multicultural area.
and i can't stand southern and midwestern accents. they drive me so crazy.
and can anyone tell me where the people who say paJAMas with a short A are from?