Whenever you read someone’s blog, do you ever wonder what that person’s voice sounds like or what mannerisms they have? Are they loud? Do they mumble? (my husband thinks I mumble loudly) Do they talk with their hands? Do they talk with their feet? Do they laugh like a hyena on steroids? These are the things you can never get from just reading typed words. I’m still debating whether that’s a good thing or not.
Renée of Lessons from Teachers and Twits recently posted a short video illustrating her northern/southern accents and dialect. This “vlog” (great– another word I have to learn) has apparently been circulating and who am I to deny you, dear readers, my mesmerizing Maine accent? (I don’t really have one, I swear, ayuh)
Plus, I always find it fascinating to hear the differences from one part of the country to another. When I lived near Seattle, I was shocked that people called soda, “pop” and when I visited my brother in North Carolina, I found out a grocery cart is really a “buggy”. It’s a crazy mixed-up world we live in, my friends.
So I am going to read the words below the video clip and answer some questions. And then you can have your perception of me completely shattered once you realize I have a weird accent worse than a combination of Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote and George Clooney in The Perfect Storm.
The Words: 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
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- 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 & 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?
97 thoughts on “Wickahd Good Stuff, Ayuh!”
You are a wicked pissah. 😉
I seriously couldn’t tell the difference between caught (which sounded like “cod” and “cart” which also sounded like “cod.”) So, at the grocery story, do you just throw cod in the cod? Or do you just buy salmon?
So glad you did this!
PS: You are adorable.
There’s a difference, I sweayah! Okay, you’re right. And I just buy salmon. 😉
This was fun. Wish I had been more awake but it helped take the edge off and I was less nervous.
And I was going for “cranky and tired” but I’ll take “adorable” instead. 😀
You actually need a fan in Maine? Somehow I always pictured cool breezes. You are so cute, as were the little voices in the background! Yeppers, my friend…all your words that end in -er do betray an accent. New Orleans is stressed on the first syllable “OR-leans” down here. And those from that great city do something else with it, something like “New Aw-le-ans” = 1+ 3 syllables. We harvest “pe-KAHNS” when the squirrels don’t get them first, with the stress on the last syllable. This was funny and fun. For the record…my mother says “crick” instead of “creek” and she comes from Spokane.
Hehehe, we have that fan mainly for white noise at night. Well, Jim does like to have a cold breeze on him even in the dead of winter (crazy, I know!) Glad you enjoyed my early morning with the kiddos in the background and all. It was fun to do and I seriously wish I could do a vlog instead of write. I guess I’m too lazy. 🙂
I love this. Also? You get bonus points in my book. I sound like Mark Twain and Dolly Parton had a love child… who was dropped on her head. I could actually understand you!
Oh, Tori, with that description, I HAVE to hear you now! You can’t say that and not do a vlog. 😉 I bet you sound sweet as can be. Unlike my groggy, low voice with the bad lisp and Mainah accent…
Loved the Vlog!! Love your sense of humor (or more properly, humah). Definitely want more vlog entries. (Why am I still laughing?). I’ll never forget the time I was working up your way and I listened back to my answering machine message. I had a definite Maine accent- much to my surprise. But then again, after being in Vermont for 4 years, I picked up a nothern Vermont accent (it’s fairly Canadian). I try to not pick up too much southern drawl when we visit family in TN. But my little man LOVES the Boston accent. Since I am in the Boston area right now, I was able to use my voice recorder to capture some wonderfully heavy accent to take home to WA.
Whew, glad you found it funny, Sue. I was trying to be myself. It is so strange hearing your own voice on an answering machine. I hate hate hate my voice. When I lived out West, I started to lose the accent a bit, but came back to Maine after a few years and it was back to “pahk the cah in the yahd”.
Oh my gosh!! You are a freckin’ hoot! I loved it, Darla! You crack me up! (Okay, enough with the exclamation point usage. You get my drift.)
Goodness, this was hilarious. Though I must say, I am disappointed you say ‘ant’ for Aunt. So disappointed. That’s OK. I’ll get over it.
Loved you pointing to things – especially when you pointed down to show where the words were located. Man, oh man, I am laughing. This is a hoot! I want to do it… maybe I will. ACK. I’d be nervous. I have a face for radio – not Vlogs. (hahahahaha.)
Thanks for the shout out. I’ve been ice cream ‘clean’ for … 4 days. FOUR DAYS!!! (again with the exclamation points… ayah.)
YOU ARE FAMOUS!
Lenore, I can’t believe how tired I was when I videotaped that. What the hell was I thinking? Oh, well. It’s the true me, I guess. I pointed at things a little too much I suppose.
And now you have to do one. Don’t be nervous. So the key for you when you do your vlog is: wake up, don’t put on any makeup or brush your hair, grab your coffee and start blah blah blahing away! Easy! See? you HAVE to do a vlog now!
And four days without ice cream?! Are you crazy?…uh, I mean good for you! 😉
LOL. That was awesome. You really do have an accent- funny coming from New York and hearing all those words sounding so different. I really love the idea. It is so amazing being able to see the person behind the blog. You can finally put a face to the words. Great job.
Thanks and it is what it is. Can’t change it. It slips out even more when I’m with my brothers and we start fighting. By the way, I love New York accents. You should really do a vlog. 😀
LOVED IT Darla. And there is definitely an accent happening there! No one in Seattle would ever say shopping “caht”. or “sneakahs”.
And seriously your kids are not only UP at 6:30 but actively playing??? I have to roust Waverly out by 7 to get her ready for school.
Anyway, loved the vlog, keep it up!
Aw, glad you watched it, M! Strange how we can “talk” to someone for so long on the internet but never know how terrible their accent really is…. 😉
About the kids. Trust me, it ain’t pretty most mornings. Christian gets up at 5:30 sometimes. On purpose. Yep. Julia, around 6 am. Then all hell breaks loose and I start slurping coffee.
ROFL Darla, honey you do have an accent but it is you. Have to say though you know me I was screaming at the monitor and almost called you… Number or numbah 2 It is a roly poly bug! Aw you know this ha ha how could you get that wrong 😉
It is me, all right, Sonia. 😀
Roly poly bug?! Huh? I knew that! (nope, I didn’t) Maybe I did know that at one point but it was replaced with the theme to Yo Gabba Gabba.
Pure awesome. Also? Crayon and toilet go together a lot in my house, too!
I bet they do, Deb. Funny how the word “ruin” was right before those two words.
Um you TOTALLY have an accent. I should do this but you’d all be bored. I’m from California where we talk plain.
I don’t know, Kim. You should still do it. Don’t people out there say things like “totally” or “surf’s up, dude” a lot? 😉 Okay, we say that here, too.
Hilarious! I think you sound great, just a bit of a thing with your “r’s.” At least you don’t sound like a 13-year-old boy that hasn’t hit puberty…that would be me. 😦
You are much too kind, youngamerican! Thank you and so glad to see you here again. Your post about your son’s underwear killed me. I thought my son was the only one trying to “save time”.
Hilarious! I think you sound great, just a bit of a thing with your “r’s.” At least you don’t sound like a 13-year-old boy who hasn’t hit puberty…that would be me. 😦
I’m from Philly, so I cast no aspersions on anyone’s accent at any time. Except Long island. That’s our constitutional right. And I’m still stuck on what it’s called when you throw toilet paper on a house.
Ha! Yes, I agree completely. My younger brother lived in Riverhead on Long Is. and when we’d visit it was so nice to be surrounded by people with a thicker accent than we have for a change. So good to see you here and congrats on being FP again!
You look adorable – esp. in the glasses! ! I am glad i got to hear your voice, but i have this odd yearning to hear you say the word “chowder” LOL
I post vids on my blog’s facebook page from time to time, (holding the camera and talking) and I am ALWAYS amazed at how jersey i sound when I listen to it!
You’re right, I should’ve said, “Chowdah! lobstah and buttah!”
And thank you. I wasn’t planning on putting on glasses, but things tend to get fuzzy if I don’t…besides, they’re cheap Target ones and I think they make me look like I’m auditioning to replace Bono in U2. My daughter puts them on and she looks like a mini Austin Powers.
Now, I didn’t know you sounded “Jersey”! Where are these old vidoes on your blog?? I have to hear it. 🙂
LOL, u2’s Bono. No way….you are 1000 times prettier.
I post videos on my blog’s facebook page. I’m too chape to pay the 59.00 a year to embed them in my blog! LOL
Thank you and I can’t wait to check out your facebook page links!
oh, this sounds fun. You should do more 🙂 I think we talk pretty plain out here, but I’ve had people (from South Dakota) comment on my accent. Apparently I talk different for a South Dakotan. I can say, though, is I cannot say “worm” right. It sounds like “warm”. My husband finds it comical.
Your vlog only makes me adore the Maineiac more. Lawya. Haha.
I might do another one on another day (when I’m fully awake). It is loads of fun.
Where are you originally from? Jim’s family is from Dearborn, Michigan and when we visit, his family has a pretty obvious midwestern accent.
I am relieved you still like the Maineiac. I was worried that after the “lawya” bit people would start unsubscribing in droves. 😉
Born and raised in South Dakota. Maybe I had a Midwestern born Kindergarten teacher? Certainly couldn’t be my speech anomaly. 🙂
Well no, of course not! 😉
Okay, now I MUST get my sound card fixed. I just HAVE to hear you!
My accent problem? I drift, based on the speaker. I fall into a “northern” Southern drawl when talking folk south of the Mason-Dixon line, I go flat nasal with East Coasters, I even fall into a light British accent when talking to Brits. My most shameful? I can speak Canuck. Not Canadian – that’s basically English. Canuck is where you go oot and aboot in a boot. (“Out and about in a boat”, for the rest of us.) Throw in a few thousand “eh”s, and mess of “you know”s and a few “dere”s (there) for flavour, and voila! I actually convinced a number of Canadians that I’m from Canada. (Yeah, I’m a little … snot, aren’t I? 😀 )
John, I have the same accent affliction! When I grew up, I did lots of celebrity impersonations to entertain my friends. Apparently my voice can change to reflect the person I’m speaking with (and I try hard not to do this as I know it can be offensive, but it just slips out!) And I have a dear friend who visits this blog and is from Canada. We skyped one day and her accent was the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. It was all I could do NOT to slowly morph into her “eh”s and “Dere”s.
I’m surprised you say “ant” for “aunt” and “pee-kan” for “pecan.” They say pecan that way in the deep south, too and I have never gotten used to it!
I admire your courage. I don’t have the guts to do a vlog even if I took a couple of hours to pretty myself up. 6:30 in the morning. Wow. I’m still sleeping/drooling on my pillow at that time. BTW, I also hate my too-low voice and think I have a giant forehead. (You don’t.) 🙂
I think I surprised myself with “aunt” and “pecan”. I did live in Orlando for 2 years when I was seven, maybe that was enough?
I don’t know if it was courage or just that feeling of “what the hell”. 😀 Mostly, it was because the early morning is the only time I can actually sit at the computer and get something done. I am shocked that my kids didn’t come into the room a bazillion times to interrupt during that video. My husband was at work, too, so it must have been a Vlog Miracle. 🙂
Hilarious! I’d never have the courage to sit in front of the computer and talk to the world, but you were mahvelous! Yes, dear, you have an accent. The rest of us have a different accent. I’ve always loved the way Mainers talk, though. Is it Mainers? Mainees? Mainites? Cover that in your next vlog, please.
Mahvelous? I’ll take it, SDS! I think I like Mainites. But “She’s a Mainite” doesn’t have the same ring and doesn’t evoke the movie Flashdance enough for my taste.
The first thing I thought while watching your video was, “Dang, she’s a cutie, and so young!” I have to say that most of what you said sounded perfectly fine to me with no accent. Maybe that’s because I’m from Connecticut originally? Of course, there were those peculiar word endings for some of the words, but I think that is rather charming. Great job! Loved it! If I can ever figure out how to make a Youtube video, maybe I’ll try something myself. Don’t hold your breath.
You’re right, Susan. Other than dropping the “r”s, it’s really just your basic run-of-the-mill groggy low voice.
The Youtube thing was a little daunting. I had no clue (like usual) how to go about it. It really was easy to open an account and upload a little clip to youtube. It was embedding the damned thing into my blog that had me stumped. Finally, I switched to HTML, copied and pasted the URL and then my OCD kicked in and I had to have two advil ASAP.
But you should definitely do it!
HA! Oh I’m so glad you did this! I’m OBSESSED with accents and I love that this vlogging phenomenon is going down right now. There’s some Boston in there, but otherwise to me you sound totally ‘normal’! And if you look that good at 6am, I think I have to call you a blogging frenemy.
Jules, I think Mainahs do have that Boston twang in there a bit. Actually, I’d like to think Bostons are just copying us Mainahs. 😉 The only reason I didn’t look completely hideous is the magic of my webcam. It’s the coolest little gadget, it erases wrinkles, dark circles…you just have to make sure you stay at least five feet back from it. No high definition videos coming anytime soon from this girl! 😀
You’re brave to allow anyone to listen to you! I can seem quite smart when you read me, but I usually sound like a moron.
Well, thank you, notquiteold. But see, everyone keeps saying how brave I am and it’s starting to worry me a little. Did I have spinach in my teeth?
You’re brave to do this, and at 6:30 in the a.m. I wouldn’t even be able to hold my head up, let alone form words. Funny vlog!
You don’t have a lot of an accent that I could hear, except for the “ah” instead of “er” (ie theatah), and dropping the “g” at the end of “ing” words (ie spittin’, lookin’). Is that last one a Maine thing, or just you?
Thanks! The humor was completely intentional and I’m very relieved people seem to “get” how damn tired and rambly I was that morning enough to laugh at it. 😉
I think dropping the “g” must be a Maine thing, pegole
Darla, you’re not going to believe a word I say, but I’m going to say it anyway. You sound exactly like I thought you would. Exactly. And I’m pretty sure I know why. It’s because you’ve developed your writing voice to such a degree that it’s almost indistinguishable from your speaking voice. Reading your words and listening to you talk feel like the same thing. I think that’s quite a feat, and I’m hoping you take it as a compliment. As for the accent, I’d never thought about this before, but Mainers and New Yorkers both drop the R at the end of words like “lawyer” and “water,” yet they still sound completely different.
Charles, I do believe you and thank you. and I have to say I’m relieved that you think so because I was a bit worried that once people heard my voice and saw my mannerisms, it would distract later on with my written word. Kind of like when you read a book after having seen the movie. Hard to get certain impressions out of your head! (like the one of me slurping coffee looking like a tired, grumbly Austin Powers)
And I imagine you have a pretty solid New Yawk accent, ayuh.
Wait a minute…I just reread your reply, Charles, and I have to ask–are you really trying to say my writing is tired, groggy,could use another shot of caffeine and is sometimes hoarse? 😉
Cute! I think about accents all the time, mostly bc people are always asking me WHERE ARE YOU FROM??!! Apparently I do not sound like a Maine-ah.
1) Your Maine-ah accent is almost nonexistent. Seriously, I can understand your clear, perfectly formed sentences. You do not put R on the end of a words. As in dater for data. Or Amader for Amanda. You do not say Ah for R. You surely could and should get a job in broadcasting!
2) You look about 25 years old. You say your are in your early 40s but I do not believe you.
3) Now I want to do a vlog too.
That’s right, you are not originally from around these pahts, are yah? 😉
1) I love you
2) I love you
3) I would love that! 😀
I think I was drinking from the same exact coffee cup as you were this morning when I watched your video, which I thought was just fantastic and so funny. The Maine accent might be there but it’s not that noticeable to me, but I’m used to New England accents.
And this will not be news to you, but Maine is awesome. My boyfriend and I go to Portland at least once a year. He still thinks I’m kidding when I insist that we move there.
Kudos to doing the video so early in the morning. I’ve got a link to this post that will show up whenever I figure out the embedding video thingy.
Maine is awesome, I’m with you on that, limr! I would recommend you move here, so be sure to tell your boyfriend.
I’m happy you enjoyed your cup of joe along with my video. My accent was probably more noticeable when I was younger. I’ve also noticed that my accent slips in and out, depending on where I am and who I am speaking with at the time. When my older brothers and my mom are all in a room, it’s like a Stephen King movie exploded in our living room. But if I’m speaking on camera, I tend to keep it in check. I have close friends here in Maine who have a much thicker accent than I do.
Thanks for visiting and good luck with the embedding video thing because I nearly gave up until I googled how to do it, then reread the instructions 2 or 3 times. Then drank more coffee.
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What fun! I’ve come here from The Daily Dish.
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? T-p-ing
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? Pill-bug
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? Soda or fizzy pop
What do you call gym shoes? Trainers
What do you say to address a group of people? You lot or everybody
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body & extremely long legs? Harvestman
What do you call your grandparents? dead
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Trolly
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? wet
What is the thing you change the TV channel with? Remote
Hope it’s alright I’ve answered the questions. It’s all about me you know!
I loved that you answered the questions. And made me laugh with “it’s all about me you know”. My grandparents are all dead, too. I never met my two grandfathers, they died before I was born. My Gram remarried and I only knew her second husband as “grandpa”. Not that you asked about any of this, sorry. 😉 Thanks for visiting!
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This is so wicked awesome. I have to thank Country Man’s Wife for her post today. It sent me here and I am so intrigued. I can’t wait to see more of your entries. And you just gave me an idea for a post. Thanks I am clicking the follow button.
Well, thank you for visiting and subscribing. I hope this means you’re doing a vlog? They are wickahd easy and fun to do, I sweah. I think all bloggers should try it at least once.
Fantastic video, good on you, I would never be able to do anything like that.
Here in OZ we have different words for different items depending on which state you live in. I’m in Queensland, so I will give you a bit of a run down.
1 and 2?
3). Softdrink – 4) Sneakers – 5). G’day Everyone – 6) Daddy long legs (harmless spider here in OZ, but huge)
7) Nan and Pop – 8) Trolley. – 9) Sun shower – 10) Remote.
Mags, it’s a shame you never would because I would absolutely love to see and hear you. I am fascinated with the different terms for things, especially in different parts of the world. Trolley is a new one to me, I love it. But the idea of a huge Daddy long legs gives me with willies!
I only know America from the movies, but it does fascinate me how much your accents change from state to state. Here in Australia, there’s no difference, although when I was living in Perth people often asked me did I come from England! No, I’d never wondered how people actually were, from reading their blog but yes – do they talk with their hands, etc – I will now wonder!
I absolutely love the Australian accent! Our country is interesting when it comes to accents. Even within my own state, one can have a varied accent depending on what part you’re from…the more Downeast area is different than the Mainers that live way up north. I suppose it’s a big state. 🙂
And about the fact that now you’ll wonder if people talk with their hands or not…you’re welcome. Or, maybe I should say, I’m sorry.
Thanks for visiting!
Wayah to go, you clevah one! This was really fun. Many thanks!
p.s. did you know a high forehead is a sign of intelligence?!
Thanks, souldippah! Happy you enjoyed it.
I probably should have known that high foreheads are a sign of intelligence, but I didn’t…so does that blow your theory? Ayuh?!
Absolutely love this!!! You are so funny. You also write, just like you sounds, which is another plus (I think I do that too). So cute! And what a brave woman doing it at 6:30 in the morning!!?! Wow. Loved how you could hear your kids, watch you sip your coffee…kinda like my mornings…but oh yeah, there’s lots more screaming and not as much sitting. I could never do a video post unless they were sleeping! I don’t think you have much of an accent either…though obviously on some words 🙂 My brother-in-law is from Boston and they lived there for several years—i love New Englanders. I remember laughing so many times at their wedding b/c we weren’t used to the accents. He had a brother named ‘Maaahrk’ (shoot–i don’t even know to write that, but I’m sure you know what I mean). Thanks for posting 🙂
“Lots more screaming and not as much sitting” Ha! oh, that one had me laughing. Normally my mornings are much more chaotic. If I had waited another hour to videotape, it would have been impossible. I have to run around like a maniac getting my son on the bus…getting my daughter ready for preschool…plus I babysit an infant that comes over at 8 am. Yeah, my mornings are normally crazy busy like most moms! I realized that the only way I could get a vlog done without interruption was to give my kids breakfast, then sneak off for 10 minutes. 😀
I’m glad you find us New Englanders so amusing. 😉 Just teasin’ ya. Mahk probably has a more noticable accent, being from Boston. I have to admit, I watched the movie The Fighter with Marky Mark recently (very good!) and giggled at the accents.
So how are you enjoying your new blogging adventure? Now you have to post more! Satisfy the masses and all that! mua ha haaaaaa!
p.s. what is “Ayuh”?
Ayuh just means, “yep” or “yeah”. I seriously have never ever said that word until I did my vlog.
I loved the vlog!! This reminds me of the time I read a Ray Romano children’s book to my kids and the words were not flowing as I’d hoped. Soon after, I heard him read the book on some show and it was flawless and wonderful! My problem was that I didn’t read it in the Ray Romano voice. Sometimes, it’s all about the voice!
Oh, I am happy you enjoyed listening to my vlog! Thank you Barefoot Indian. Ray Romano does have a distinctive voice, love watching Everybody Loves Raymond. Are you saying I sound like him? 😉 God, maybe I do…It is all about the voice. If I ever do a vlog again, I’ll be taking out the video and putting in just the voice.
I loved that…so funny!! And I was surprised that you don’t have much of an accent at all…though I lived in MA for seven years so I might be a bit immune! I was surprised that you said “ant” for “aunt” though!! And don’t you know that fizzy stuff is called “Tonic”
Melissa, I don’t know why I say “ant”. My guess is it sunk into my little brain when I was seven and living in Orlando. I call that fizzy stuff tonic only if it’s mixed with gin. 😉
You are sweet and lovely and hilarious! And much more communicative than I am at 630 in the morning. At 630 in the morning I am either a) still asleep or b) growling or c) both a and b. 😉 (I did the winky thing but I’m not kidding.) Oh and Schweddy Balls is a fav of mine too! Thanks for the v-log (love the glasses, btw!) but don’t ever stop writing!
You are too sweet, Mary. I don’t know though…I think I slipped in a growl or two here and there with my mumblings. 😀
I haven’t tried Schweddy Balls yet (oh lord, another sentence I never thought I’d type out) I can’t find it in any grocery store around here. But the SNL skit was hilarious! Just last week Alec Baldwin was the host and he said if you are offended by the name, Ben and Jerry’s has a new flavor for you: I Don’t Give A Fudge.
And when you say “don’t ever stop writing” that makes me wonder if what people are really trying to say is, “don’t ever videotape yourself so early again”? 😉
I would never post a clip of my voice because I worry readers will have a hard time finding me funny once they realize I have an incredibly handsome voice.
Ha! I don’t know if that would ever be possible, G.G. Not after the fish post yesterday, I’m still laughing at that one. Now I’m curious if your voice is deep like James “This is CNN” Earl Jones or more like Pee Wee Herman. Hmm. Guess I’ll never know, damn!
I listened to the first few seconds of your post and then the sounds of crashing trains overpowered my laptop speakers. Not real trains, thank goodness. Trains powered by my 3 and 4 year olds. 🙂
In any event, great post, and a really fun topic. Though like some of the others, I was surprised to read that you pronounce aunt “ant.” I’m from the Northeast too, and I say aunt the other way. Not sure how to write it phonetically. Ahnt?
Your house sounds a lot like mine! 🙂 I am still surprised my little vlog wasn’t interrupted by the sound of smashing Hot Wheels. Well, you can hear my daughter whooping it up in the other room. She was throwing her stuffed animals around, pretending to play Wipeout.
I had to think about the Aunt pronounciation and I do believe I used to call my Aunt Rowena “Ant Rowena” and this was when I lived close to her down in Florida, so that has to be why I still use “ant”. Sometimes I say “aunt” too though. Just to mix it up a little and confuse things!
You’re sweet, Darla. Not that I did not know that, but this video proves it. And you look good with the glasses. And you’re not difficult to understand, even to my Indian ears, and despite your daughter’s game of Wipeout.
And now the important thing, I like your coffee mug. A lot.
I just woke up and found your comment this morning (slurping from that glorious coffee mug again!) and you’ve made my day, Priya. I am glad you could hear me over my daughter’s screaming. How I would love to hear your voice if you were to do a vlog! I hope you are having a wonderful week. 🙂
Yay!!! An American who pronounces route ‘root’ and who pronounced theater ‘theeter’ – like I do!! (I’m English). I’m soooo pleased! 🙂 😀
Your voice is great, your accent is… American (I differentiate between a few American accents but to my ear there are only about… I dunno, four or five variations. Pretty much like most non-Engish people hear an English accent as either Cockney or Upper class twit.)
I love your video! (I did one myself just recently and your eye rolling had me laughing as I did the same myself. Also I couldn’t read my own writing and had to look at the screen.)
Thanks, Val! I wonder if anyone pronounces “route” differently than I do around here. Come to think of it, I think I’m the exception.
Videotaping myself was interesting. I don’t think I can remember a time when I had to subject myself to seeing my mannerisms and hearing my voice in real time like that on the computer screen. I really don’t like my voice or having my picture taken, so this vlog thing was strange to me. Fun, but very unnerving!
Moseyed on over here from another blog to check out what a vblog was. Enjoyed your post and your accent. I’ve lived in a few different parts of the country, so I bet my accent is quite mixed up. It used to be that people couldn’t tell where I was from originally. But now I’ve been stationary in the same home (back in my home state) for the last 13 yrs or so, I fear I’ve picked up a little bit of the accent back up. Just not some of the words! I refuse to say wash like most of my neighbors say it “worsh.” Anyway, don’t think I’m brave enough to vlog like you, especially at 6:30 a.m.!! I loved hearing the tiny little voices you had for backup vocals! 😉
My accent comes and goes and I’ve lived in different parts of the country, like you (Washington state and Florida) so that helps mix things up a bit. I’d say most of the time, my accent is pretty nonexistent now. I didn’t know “wash” could be pronounced any other way, interesting! I’m glad you enjoyed the vlog, kiddos and all. I will never do another one that early ever again, but it was fun.
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You had me with the title of this entry. I could hear my Dad speaking those words. He had a wicked Down East accent. I loved to just listen to him talk and tell his stories.
I lived the vlog. I could hear the Maine accent in some of your words and not in others. The same can be said for me since I have lived all over. My husband kids me on certain words, which allude me at the moment, and says he can tell I’m from Maine.
Thanks for this post it was fun.
The Down East accent is a hoot. I love listening to my older brothers talk, too. Their dad (they are my half-brothers) has such a thick Maine accent, so they do as well. Mine is pretty light in comparison.
When I lived out west near Seattle, people immediately knew I was from the east coast. They said I talked way too fast and was way too agitated in my mannerisms. I was pretty shocked at how different people out there were–much more laid-back and deliberate with their speech.
Ok, so I detected the accent in “bwoddy”, when you read “What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?”
Bwoddy. I like that.
All right, I’m seeing this blog around enough that I’m going to have to do one myself here pretty soon…
Interesting about “bwoddy”! You’re right, oh man. I never realized that. 🙂 You’ll have to do one, it was truly fun.
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