Gut Rumbles

January 29, 2006

fooled me

When I was in rehab, one of my fellow inmates was a woman who spoke with the most nasal, irritating, Brooklynesque accent I ever heard. When she told me that she was from New Orleans, I almost called her a liar to her face. NOBODY down South talks the way she did. She may have LIVED in New Orleans for a while, but that accent was pure New York yankee. She wasn't about to fool THIS Cracker with that shit about New Orleans.

If I ever see her again, I'm going to apologize for my unkind thoughts. I believe I was mistaken about her.

I was fortunate enough to have phone sex talk to this woman on the phone and she demonstrated a TRUE New Orleans accent for me. My jaw dropped when I heard it. She sounded EXACTLY like the woman in rehab!!!

Thank Bejus she doesn't speak that way all the time, because the accent still grates like broken glass on my Southern ears. Still, I learned something new that night. People from a certain area of New Orleans sound exactly like got-dam yankees from New York City when they talk. How the hell did THAT ever happen?

Heh. I see that she now blames that phone call on an attack of nitrogen narcosis ("Rapture of the Deep"). I call bullshit on that idea. She just wanted to hear the dulcet tone of my voice and fantasize about seeing me nekkid.

Heh, again. I have a picture of me in Key West that I might send her...


Oh shoot!!! I thought you were writing about me for a second there (until I got to the part about phone sex, I knew I wasn't that lucky).
Nobody's accent is more nasal and Brooklyn than mine.

Posted by: erica on January 29, 2006 02:34 PM

I'm from New Orleans, and my mother's family has that accent, some people call them "Yats", from their frequent use of the phrase "Hey dawhlin, where y'at"

Posted by: joe on January 29, 2006 02:53 PM

When I lived in New Orleans (I went to Tulane), my mom came down to visit, and while sitting in arestaurant in the Quarter, we got to trying th identify what the heck kind of accent New Orleans natives had.

Finally mom just up and asked the waitress.

The story we got was that in the early nineteen hundreds, New Orleans had a severe shortage of schoolteachers, so they decided to import them from somewhere else. As it turns out, that somewhere else was... Brooklyn.

So the heavy influx of Brooklyn-born teachers meant that virtually every kid int he city was being taught by people with that accent, and it spread that way. So yes, The New Roleans accent is _very_ similar to a Brooklyn one, because it came from there.

Posted by: Strider on January 29, 2006 05:18 PM

Yeah, the New Orleans accent is a lot like the New York accent. As a Korean girlfriend once said; "All a same, sound alike. All a same, sucky, sucky."

Posted by: Pawpaw on January 29, 2006 06:37 PM

Strider, don't think so. I've lived in Nawlins most of my life and I've NEVER heard that lil tale.
Actually, it's the "Mations" (folks from Chalmette) that have that heavy Brooklynesque accent, so maybe them that USED to live 'cross da riva brought it into the city. Most of dem folk is "pawkin da caw", "puttin' clothes in da locka", and "washin' da dishez in da zink", somewhere in Texas.
At any rate, I'm from Uptown, so my accent is a lil more refined, and "Southern-like". Those livin' bayou-side have that heavy coonass drawl that most people relate to.
"Raptured" indeed Rob. What a voice!
Where's mah damn pitcher!

Posted by: Lil Toni on January 29, 2006 07:05 PM

A friend from New Orleans told me that when he went into the army, "they all tot I wuz frum brooklyn, but dat I wuz retahded."

Posted by: Circa Bellum on January 30, 2006 09:14 AM

Rob, you never heard James "Serpenthead" Carville tawk?

Circa's friend describes exactly what Carville sounds like.

Posted by: McGehee on January 30, 2006 01:46 PM

I am from new orleans born and raised all my life. Everywhere me and my family travil to, the people always ask if we are from new york or new jersey. I think it is frikin hilarious. Oh by the way, me and my family are not from chalmette, we are from the west bank of new orleans

Posted by: K on August 11, 2007 07:11 AM

im from new orleans downtown,an when i went to seattle wa'after hurrican katrina,everyone asked me was i from new york,or new jersey,one chick swore i was from the bronx,or brooklyn! i'm happy to be back home in new orleans,atleast people could understand what im sayin' me and my friends had a good time in seattle when people thought we were from n.y

Posted by: charles quinton on March 3, 2008 03:02 PM
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