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    Pronunciation Debate

    After seeing Morrigoon thread, I thought of an ongoing debate me and my friend have. He lives in PA and Im in CA, and we talk an the phone a lot. Ive noticed differences in the way we pronounce and refer to things. Things like soda. He calls it pop. He says data (with the short A sound) and I say data (with the long A sound.) Other things include the pronunciation of radiator (Short A) and creek (crick). So I was wondering, how do you say these kinds of things and, do you know anything thats pronounced different?


    I think its an East/West thing.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    i have family from pa...there are scores of funny sayings! ask him to say spigot,or washer... spikit and worsher
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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by piratebooty
    ask him to say spigot,or washer... spikit and worsher
    I have heard him say those before, I forgot about them.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    i like it when my cousin jimmy says' make me a hoagie"for the longest time i couldn't figure out what a hoagie was!. my grandma also says oleo for margarine, but i think it may be a generational thing...not too sure on that one. garage is another one "gay-rog"
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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Being from Minnesota originally, I still pronounce things differently sometimes. Disneykat will verify this as she makes fun of me for saying bag. For whatever reason A's and O's come out differently for Minnesotans a lot of the time, thankfully i've lost any trace of an accent for the most part

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Would that be MinnesOOOOta?

    "Hi I'm Gwen, and I'm here to warsh your...."

    Do you vacuum the carpet? Or pass the sweeper?

    My dad used to shop at Home Deh-po.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Actually its:*dramatic music*
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    soda pop

    who would have guessed that???
    But really, I just say drink to avoid conflict.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    I am a Californian and my husband is from South Dakota and we are at war over what my son will call soda. I say soda, he says pop. So we are always going back and forth, coaching him on what to call it, one of us correcting him when he uses the other's term! It's quite funny, my son has started to do it to get us going. (Poor kid, he isn't even allowed to drink it as he's 3!)

    BTW I think I am winning the war.
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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by TinkPink
    I am a Californian and my husband is from South Dakota and we are at war over what my son will call soda. I say soda, he says pop. So we are always going back and forth, coaching him on what to call it, one of us correcting him when he uses the other's term! It's quite funny, my son has started to do it to get us going. (Poor kid, he isn't even allowed to drink it as he's 3!)

    BTW I think I am winning the war.
    in my mothers family, pop was the term used when someone passed gas. well, my dad used pop for soda, and that is what he calls his dad. they have been together well over 30 years and she still cracks up when he asks for pop or calls his dad pop
    please be afraid.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Being from Minnesota originally, I still pronounce things differently sometimes. Disneykat will verify this as she makes fun of me for saying bag. For whatever reason A's and O's come out differently for Minnesotans a lot of the time, thankfully i've lost any trace of an accent for the most part
    I'm the only person in my elder family born in California, so I have a few strange things I've picked up from Mom's Maryland accent and Dad's Ohio accent. One of those things are words like BAG (sound more like beg) Rag, Hag, etc.

    I also insist that my husband pick up Babo at the store. Anyone else know what I am talking about?

    I lost Pop, Warsh, Crick, Tejous (tedious) and most others.

    However, if you want to get into some funny stuff, my German MIL is very entertaining.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Heck, I'm born and raised CA, and I STILL don't pronounce words correctly! Mayonaise is Man-ays (which E still makes fun of me today). Pencil is Pincil.

    My dad is originally from Greece, and still has a fairly heavy accent...so it's fun to hear him say things like "make the bed with clean sh*ts", and "those reepooblicans".
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    Homer: So, which is it? Blue or purple?
    Marge: Pink.
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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by NotSoHiddenMickey
    Actually its:*dramatic music*
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    soda pop

    who would have guessed that???
    But really, I just say drink to avoid conflict.
    Yea, but I dont think anyone uses it together. One word went East and the other went West. ...at least from what I've seen

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Where I live we call everything by it's brand name. So when ordering a drink it's I'll have a Coke or Pepsi. And I have been told I have a strange accent, it is a cross between a NY and a Boston.

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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Being from Minnesota originally, I still pronounce things differently sometimes. Disneykat will verify this as she makes fun of me for saying bag. For whatever reason A's and O's come out differently for Minnesotans a lot of the time, thankfully i've lost any trace of an accent for the most part



    Yes occasionally "BAYG" will come forth from the mouth of Anders and I love to tease him.

    Wow, I think I say some stuff funny, but have only noticed it because I have friends from MI, MN, AL etc who point it out. They say I have a "California accent". I woudln't say that so much as it has been the influence of my parents who were both from the east coast (New Hampshire). I say night, have, and can't...differently. Or so I have been told. I dated a guy who was from OH and she could not get over how I said Have and can't (haaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhve, caaaaaahhhhhhhnt). I never noticed.

    I just hope that being that I am dating a southerner, I don't pick up "Y'all" or "daggum" (as in "I can't get this daggum thing to work") But it's cute when he says it!!!!
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    Re: Pronunciation Debate

    some of my friends and family in new jersey say "wooder" for water... quite the amusement.

    also the state i live in is nevada with the first "a" pronounced like in "glad..." for some reason most people that don't live here like to call it nevada with the first "a" pronounced like the "o" in "god..."

    "oh, you're from nevoda?"
    wtf?!?!?!

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