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Sunday, February 27
Who talks funny?

There's a movement afoot (and by "movement", I mean a few kind souls agreed with me on Twitter, and a few other fossils have had similar thoughts) to make blogging fun again.

You know, to just write on your blog like we used to do back when we did it on stone tablets and published with smoke signals, you know, before the term "mom blogger" was a pejorative.

So, I'm going to make a concerted effort to do it like we used to, yo.

Anyway, my friend Liz over at This Full House lives in Jersey (the land of neutral accents) did a fun Accent vlog and issued a bit of a challenge to see how different things sound in different parts of the country.

I have to say that making videos isn't exactly my favorite thing to do, so this is how much I want blogging to be fun again and the things I do for Liz...

Anyway, my accent vlog:

So, there ya go. Do I talk funny?

Do I really want you to answer that?

If you want to follow along or do the Accent Vlog yourself, here are the words/questions:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

* What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
* What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
* What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
* What do you call gym shoes?
* What do you say to address a group of people?
* What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
* What do you call your grandparents?
* What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
* What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
* What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

I hope you'll join in!

3:11 PM | Comments (27) |


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A buggy? Really? You know what? I just realized something. You don't have an accent. Unless, you're annoyed about something. Then, I swear, I hear it. In fact, the last time I was with you...wait a minute....d'oh, never mind. This was fun!

I'm a bit of a freak. I'm the child of 2 very southern parents, and I sound like, I don't know what.

My parents blame it on my 1st grade teacher who was from Pittsburgh.

Love this. And you look so purdy!

You have a very inviting voice. In fact, I'll be over for dinner in two hours.

Love it! Yes, it is a buggy, but usually don't say it out loud either.

Yes, someone who gets it!!

You know, I listened and thought you have absolutely no accent at all. Then you said a carbonated drink was a Coke, and I knew you were Southern like me. roflol

Not sure I have anything that will pick up sound, but this sounds like fun.

I don't think you have an accent and the words you said sounded the way I would say them, except perhaps caramel. We say pop or soda here and TPing for the toilet paper on the house. The bug? I'm not sure what that is. A caterpillar? I didn't know there was a word for when rain is falling with the sun shining; you would think that we Washingtonians would have a word for that! Fun post!!

You don't really have much of a Southern accent. Are you really from TN? ;) Now, Me, I definitely have an accent.

Yes, you talk funny, but it has nothing to do with accents... ;p

I think your voice is so cute! I don't think there is a certain accent there but.. there is a certain something. I just can't quite put my finger on it! :)

I always forget that you have such a soft speaking voice.

And yeah, not much of an accent. I may have to do 2 of these. One for my regular voice and one when my parents visit. I get WAY more Memphis when they're here.

I think television and movies have gone a long way to eradicate regional accents - or at least to make the differences less noticable.

Word choice, however, still helps pinpoint origin.

Though the only correct answer to the carbonated beverage question is, of course, champagne.

Hrmm. I'd do this if I had a web cam. Maybe mama needs a new netbook...

It amuses me that your pronunciation is about what I think I sound like, but my east coast/midwest answers are so different. Maybe I'm easily amused.

Posted by: linda | February 28, 2011 10:40 AM

@Linda I'm an anomaly, no one knows why I sound like I do.

Yes, you have an accent, and it's great!! I grew up in the South but now live in New York and stumbling onto your Vlog today made my day. Keep rolling the buggy~ :)

Posted by: NM | February 28, 2011 11:10 AM

If I can figure out how I'll try and do one of these. You don't talk funny at awll.

Reading your blog, I always imagined you to sound more southern than you actually do.

This was fun! I might have to try to corral my daughter to hold the camera for me to do one.

Like the longer hair :)

Very old school - love

I think we pretty much pronounce that list of words the same, except I call the grocery carrier thingy... a basket.

Thank god I don't have any place to upload a video, not that I would anyway, but my accent is pretty heavy. Of at least I think it is.

Your accent doesn't seem very heavy to me.

Posted by: Suzy | February 28, 2011 5:40 PM

The only words that are missing from that list is "measure" and "boat". With "measure" and "boat" added to that list, you can really narrow down where someone is from.

Measure is the telltale sign of a midwesterner. If you're from the midwest, you pronounce is MAY zure instead of meh zure (as in treasure).

And boat narrows down what part of northern midwest you're from. Whether you're from Minnesota or Michigan's UP.

Good list, though.

The problem I had was after seeing a half dozen people read the list I was really a bit self-conscious of my choices (I actually called the shoes "sneakers" when i never do that, they've always been tennis shoes unless they are soccer cleats or flip flops or something specific). That and the fact that I couldn't get the computer to cooperate and the kids were all in bed so I couldn't ask for tech support.

Oh, yeah, mine's up, but you knew that.

I don't think you talk funny at all. Although we call tp-ing a house "wrapping" not "rolling"!

You sound like Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side.

This is so fun! I already knew what you sounded like, but I think it's fun to see how people pronounce different words! I've lived all over, so I think I have a hybrid accept and lexicon.

If I can figure out how to record myself, I'm joining in!

would be real fun, i know there are many funny accents out there, and funniest bit is everyone thinks they sound normal, it is a lot different when you hear yourself

Posted by: Jay | March 8, 2011 9:46 PM

Here in Michigan, the bubbly stuff you drink is pop. And, I've been told that we say it with a very nasal-y accent. Of course, we would deny that because we are convinced that we speak quite plainly. I will listen to your charming Southern accent when I am home and have access to speakers.