Seperated By a Common Language  

HardlyYours4Now 52M
951 posts
9/2/2005 2:36 am

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Seperated By a Common Language

My wife told me that while she was in school in England, a friend asked if it were alright if he would "come by and knock (her) up" in the morning. Turns out he was just wanting to stop by to see her (knock on the door).

Here in Atlanta, don't ask for tea with your lunch unless you want a glass full of sugar with a little colored water added. Occasionally you will be asked "sweet or unsweet," but generally only at national chain restaurants.

Ask for a Coke in Cincinnati, and you get a Coca-Cola. Ask for the same thing in the deep South, and you'll be asked which kind (because 'round here we know that 'Coke' could mean any cold, carbonated beverage).

When we went to New York a few years back, Mrs. Hardly asked a street vendor for a hot dog. She's from 'round these parts, so hot dog had four syllables. Don't ask for a phonetic spelling - there is no phonetic symbol for 'drawl.' The vendor, on the other hand, was a native of Brooklyn. When he said it, 'hot dog' had one syllable.

I rented a scooter to see Victoria, Canada. When I told the rental agent how I would be paying, he said, "Perfect." When I use that word, in the same tone, it is sarcastic. He used it to mean 'cool.'

Had any oddities of this sort? If you leave a good one, I may come knock you up in the morning.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
9/2/2005 7:07 am

I grew up in Texas. Whether you want to call it twang or drawl, most texans have it, so, figure I would be able to understand it. Not always the case. I think I was about 11 when this happened. The phone rang, a woman said something, I say excuse me, but what did you say? She said it again, once again, I asked what she said, again, what, again, repeat. I said what country are you calling from? Out of the background comes the voice of my brother "accept the charges, it's me." Oh! yes, I'll accept the charges. He starts talking and when I asked him where are you now, (he'd been back from Vietnam for a couple months and was stationed someplace in Georgia) he laughed and said in Georgia, at the army base. He spent the next 5 minutes trying to convince me that woman was from there, I'm still not sure. I've talked to people from Georgia since then, nowhere near as bad as her accent was.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

onelittlesecret 33M
1579 posts
9/2/2005 8:58 am

I've got some family in Georgia. I love sweet tea. Goes great with bolled peanuts.

Growing up in Massachusetts, I'm used to the Boston accent, also known as the Worcester accent. (Worcester's the second largest city in the state.) Often associated with it is the removal of r's; as in chowda'. Much more fun though is the not as widely known addition of r's. Idea becomes Idear, vanilla becomes vanillar, and America becomes Americar. The ultimate was our beloved Nomar. As in Nomah Gahciarpahar.

BTW, for those not in the know, Worcester is pronounced wis-ter. Simple huh? Not you know how to pronounse worcestershire sauce.

HardlyYours4Now 52M

9/2/2005 10:36 am

Daphne - For what it's worth, the people in the rest of Georgia (particularly the southern end) don't consider Atlanta to be a part of Georgia. I got pulled over for speeding in south Georgia, and had to keep from laughing when I finally figured out the occifer was asking if I had been drinking. The reason it seemed funny to me was that I could have sworn he had been drinking.

HardlyYours4Now 52M

9/2/2005 10:42 am

ols - I love it when the guys on New Yankee Workshop or Ask Tis Old House refer to my hero as 'Nahm'. And John Kerry (Kerrier?) introduced many of us to the dangling 'r' thing.

And what was 'Nomar's' last name, in English?

onelittlesecret 33M
1579 posts
9/2/2005 3:32 pm


onelittlesecret 33M
1579 posts
9/2/2005 3:35 pm

Oh and the r's are only added after an "uh" sound. Thank God.

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