originally posted by: Subrosabelow
Much of those differences are regional dialects. "Warsh" for "wash" is very much a southern thing in the same vein as saying "Ah" for "I". Kind of
like in Boston, 'car' is 'caaah.'
I'm bad for saying "Ya'll" instead of "You all." Born and raised in the Southwest, heh.
One thing that always makes me smile is "donchaknow" from those in the North Dakota, Minnesota areas.
Up in Canada, it's seriously annoying to hear the word Honda pronounced Handa. I mean... really? Battery is also shortened to "battry" by a lot of
Ha, I'm guilty with saying "y'all", too. I grew up in FL but live in MI now, I still get looks when it slips out. I have to remind myself it's "folks"
up here, with very little annunciation on the "L" in there. Like "foe-ks".
My accent is fading with effort, it sounds so out of place to revert to FL pronunciations now. Sometimes FL stuff slips out, but I blame being in a
state of lingo & accent flux, lol, it takes time.
My older kid is losing the southern accent pretty well, she hasn't gotten funny looks for her accent in quite a while. My younger kid is a lost cause,
though, she's Full Florida still. But she picked up on the general Midwestern "Dontchaknow" real quick, it's almost like it's her favorite word
The best way to sum up the Michigan accent is that is sounds very similar (to me) to the Ontario accent with a little Wisconsin & Minnesota thrown in.
They also truncate or otherwise shorten a lot
of words. Also, consonants at the end of words are optional, it seems. I'm beginning to succumb
to some of it myself, like "meer" (mirror) "gover'met" (government) "Secretaria State" (Secretary of State) or "Gran Rapids" (Grand Rapids, the D
isn't really pronounced clearly or at all) I've heard a bunch of "Kal'm'zoo" too (Kalamazoo)
There's also a definite mild/moderate nasal Ah pronunciation to O's. I suppose it's easier to call it an affinity for short 'O' pronunciations, like
"McDahnolds" (McDonalds) It reminds me of the Boston accent a bit.
And even though the store is Meijer, everyone stops to grab something at "Meijer's". Making something a possessive word is a thing here, lol.
It's getting harder to pick stuff out when I hear it, I'm getting used to the annunciation & pronunciations up here.