Saturday, June 10, 2006

Accent….No I don’t have no stinkin’ accent!

There is more to language than the use of words. There is also pronunciation! I am always amazed at the way words are pronounced by different people. You can live only a hundred miles away from someone and a word can sound totally different! Oh and lets not forget about the way some people pronounce words in a language that is foreign to them. I wonder why they are surprised when they get blank stares or smirks from native speakers of that language. And no, shouting will still not make anyone understand you*g*

I have always said Mum and not Mom, Leftenant instead of Lieutenant, shedule instead of skedule, aluminium as opposed to aluminum and I can’t put on paper how I say garage! Now most of these things are pretty easy to understand but once in a while something I say makes people just stop and stare. Now when I go shopping to the Mall the way I say it, it rhymes with pal…now is that so different than mall sounded like all. I didn’t think so but I have had looks that quite defy description! Now if I was being humble I would normally pronounce it with the H but here in Texas there is a town that pronounces its name without so it is umble! And why in New York is Houston pronounced Howston? I’ll never know!

Everyone tells me I have an accent but I don’t…I’m from England and you are all the people with accents. (Or maybe as I live in Texas I should say Y’all…no that doesn’t sound good in a English accent!) Now how can someone from western Pennsylvania and pronounces the word John like Jawn tell me I have an accent?

Now I just adore a Southern accent. It is so melodious. There is something though that has always fascinated me about accents! How is it that someone like …you guessed it…Clay Aiken, can have the most pronounced Southern accent and yet when he sings seems almost accentless? (I wonder is that even a word?)

Watching Clay the other night on American Idol 5 I could not help but think of the Beatles! Hmmm I wonder why? When I was a child growing up I was told that the Liverpool accent was considered low class and no-one should ever speak like that! Funny how four mop-topped boys literally helped change the way people think about class and status in society!

Oh yeah about the hair or as they say in Liverpool her. I loved it. I thought it was fab and oh so groovy baby!

I had never really heard the way I speak until I did a cellcert at one of Clay’s JNT2 concerts. My goodness do I really sound like that? I was cringing…picking my self apart…not really sure if I liked what I was hearing until I received messages from friends who said they loved the way I talked! Who would have thought it, certainly not me! I should have figured out that it did not sound too bad because I got hired at my present job really because of the accent! My boss liked the way I sounded on the phone….said it added class to the place! Boy was he mistaken!

Now I have been here over 30 years so I must have kept some of the accent but it sure is difficult. I have to remind myself constantly to say twenty and not tweny, hello instead of hi, dance and not daance etc!

So if I meet you one day just say Howdy in your best American accent and I promise not try and copy you*g*"

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CB said...

I love accents! I think the whole thing is fascinating. Living in New England, you can drive 90 minutes in any direction and get a different accent. Actually, New England people tell me that my section of the region is the most accent-free. However, just about anyone else I meet can tell that I'm at least from the Northeast.

I love Clay's accent because he pronounces some words very unusually when he sings. It isn't necessarily North Carolina but it does impact his phrasing and I find myself singing along in his way.

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The ConCLAYve-Nan said...

I adore English accents. Everyone sounds so cultured. And yeah, that Hueston/Howston thing is pretty crazy. Now we have got to meet up at the next tour - just so I can hear you say "I wonder what's on Clay's shedule"!

Fuck You Google said...

This blog is so awesome!

I'm glad I found it.

theresa4624 said...

I know nothing about accents, right CB and Nan? As I sit here typing FASTAH and drinking my CAWFEE!

I love the British accent too. I work for a British bank and there's one guy who calls who sounds exactly like Simon Cowell! I always tell my boss that one day he's going to tell him his work was APPALLING!

Casper said...

I don't have an accent either! I think I sound like everyone on television. I don't think I say "aboot" although my American friends constantly make fun of me when I say certain words. They say I have a Canadian accent... I honestly didn't know there was such a thing! I love British accents too... you guys can get away with saying all kinds of cool words that just can't be pulled off by North Americans - like "pinch" and "snog" and "knickers". And Clay has taught me to really appreciate Southern accents... he may not like the way he talks, but I could listen to him talk for hours!

The ConCLAYve-Nan said...

Welcome chaptechie - glad you found us too! Join in on the discussions anytime and come back often!

Pink Armchair said...

I love British accents, much more musical and varied and interesting than the "flaaaat Midwestern accent" I have (tm CB up there *g*). I learned how to do a lot of different accents in theatre school, so if I ever do a cellcert again, maybe I'll dust off a few of them!

My sister's partner is British, and she's taken up a lot of her expressions..."lorry" for truck, "loo" for washroom, "ring" you for "telephone" you...I think it's pretty charming!

Anonymous said...

I thought in New York they called Houston Youston. Maybe that's Jersey.

In Texas, for Colorado we say Colarada.

mmb40 said...

Heh. I've been "accused" of having an English accent for years! I only wish I did - I never have even been out of the States, with the exception of Canada for very brief amounts of time.

I grew up in Maryland (which is really neither North nor South), lived in Atlanta for a time, and now live in rural Pennsylvania (where my mother grew up). I have always said "y'all" and "Coke" for any soft drink, but also know what a billfold and a clothespress are and what "redding up" means. So I fit in everywhere I went - but they all thought I had a strange accent.

Don't know where my accent (if I have one) comes from - someone guessed Pennsylvania Dutch, which is closer than England anyway. The funny thing is, my sister who has traveled everywhere and speaks about 7 languages, has never been accused of having an accent at all. Go figure.

~ YSRN ~ said...

The first time Kavanaugh told me she was pissed it took me an hour to find out she wasn't going to kill me for something I'd done! Hee.

I am always asked if I'm from Texas or the Southwest... Weird. I was born and raised in California.

I do think it's really strange that people with accents (to me) sing without one. I do agree with CB that it affects some phrasing, but for the most part, they all sound American. What's up with that?!

Fun blog, merrieeeee. I hope we get to meet some day!