Do you speak American?

Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:18 AM
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Do you speak American?

Did some of you watch the PBS program on "do you speak American?" We all realize the different dialects as we travel, some being "ca" for car in Mass., "ayuh" for yes in Maine, "aboat" for about in Canada,
"grudge" for garage in Tenn., "we be goin" for we're going in African American,
"omgino" for oh my God I know in teen computereeze. There is of course much Spanish infuence, including everyday words like rancho, lasso, bronco, taco. And the influence of Black lingo, California surf talk, instant messaging, etc. is strong.

Seems like our American version of the language is constantly changing. What's your favorite local expression?

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Jan 2nd, 2006, 11:37 AM
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LOL! This has been on PBS before and I think there is a thread with the exact title.

Do I speak American? No. I speak English with a southern dialect and accent.

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Jan 2nd, 2006, 01:31 PM
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LOl, No, I speak English with aNorth Carolina/NewYork accent
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:04 PM
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I am wicked pissah at speaking American.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:27 PM
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yah, sure, you betcha! we speak american in minn-e-sooootah! don'tcha know.
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whatever yawl say
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:47 PM
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It depends on if you're gonna talk or if you know who you're talking with. Where are you at, anyway?
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:40 PM
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Where am I at? At the house. But I'm fixin' to go uptown.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:17 PM
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Hey, Howyadoin?
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:20 PM
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Wussup?????
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:10 PM
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GoTravel - If you speak English with a southern accent, what do people in the south of England speak? Or the south of Australia?
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:17 AM
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They speak the Queen's English with a southern dialect.
 
Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:38 AM
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depends on who I'm talking too, there are some folks down south who don't quite agree that I 'speak american' ... if you know what I mean
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I have a mid-west accent with light inflections of Brooklyn inherited from my Brooklyn born and raised mother.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:30 AM
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Shaz60, I am laughing all over the place:
My friend from Boston named his boat "The Wicked Pissa". His wife (also from Boston) was absolutely furious when she saw the name painted on the side of the boat. He was still in the process of painting it on the lifesaver ring, so she stopped him mid-job, and now it says "The Wicked" on the ring. I still crack up when I see it.

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You would probably get a kick out of reading Bill Brysons "English, the Mother Tongue". It is along the same lines as your post, very interesting/hilarious!! We have one close to Vegas that is called the Dixie Dialect, it is a slow "unique" way of talk that many from Southern Utah have. We "are" a diverse land!!
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According to a charming young Englishman, we don't speak American...we speak Merkin!
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Dude, ya fixin' ta pahk ya ca after you have some pops, yah?
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 11:11 AM
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Hey, it is amusing about our so-called English dialects and new words. The infuence of instant messaging and West Coast slang and all was intreresting. And sorry, I didn't realize that the PBS program had been on previously, also that there had been a thread on this forum...which I see was last Jan. 5, the exact day of my open heart surgery! So I wasn't with you.

Anyway, another aspect is how them "furriners" speak the language. I remember standing in a circle next to a professor from India who was talking and afterwards realized I didn't understand a word he was saying...in my own language!

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