“The accent of one’s birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one’s speech.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I found this awesome post idea from Miss Jorie over at “The Midwest Mavin“. It consisted of numerous words where you have to describe how you say them, which will prove, to some people, that you have an accent.
I remember when I was in Mexico and I would speak. People would immediately ask me which part of Canada I was from. I had to laugh as I clearly do not think I have an accent. Most of them told me that my “politeness” gave it away. “Only” Canadians apologize when we hear something incorrectly. I guess that is the stereotype that goes along with living in a generally polite nation.
I had to laugh while reading what Jorie was saying. She is from Chicago, which I believe their accents are pretty neat. I find people from Chicago are very nasal-y. I had a teacher who was from Chicago and we would constantly try to speak like him. There are a few people who can no longer say “technology” without it sounding like “tech-NAL-ogy.
Anyways, let’s begin!
1. How do you pronounce Mary, marry, and merry?
This actually confused me. I say them all the same. I don’t understand how they would be said differently. I say mare-ee. The only other way I could figure out how it would be different is “merry” sounding like murray. But that seems weird to me.
2. Those things you sleep in: PaJAMas or pajaaahmas?
Definitely PaJAMas. The other version seems very “proper”, “uppity” and “snobbish”..
3. How do you pronounce cot and caught?
Much like number 1, I am unsure how these would be pronounced differently. I say them the same, just like it looks. cot.
4. What do women to use to tie back their hair: rubber band, hair tie, elastic, hair thing, or other?
This is where I use different ones. Hair tie or hair elastic. Mostly “hair elastic” though… I think. Maybe “hair tie” more… Maybe 50/50…
5. The shoes you wear when you exercise: sneakers, tennis shoes, or gym shoes?
None of the above! Running shoes..
6. Soda, pop, or Coke?
Pop. Definitely Pop. Coke confused me again… Coke to me (besides cocaine) is a cola beverage. Would Sprite be considered Coke as it is a CocaCola Product? I don’t get this.
7. Lightning bug or firefly?
Firefly. I have never heard the term “Lightning Bug” until today.
8. How do you pronounce syrup?
You should really go check Jorie out! She even has the statistics on the commonly used words!
How do you pronounce the above words?