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    This thread is hilarious. I love it!

    Doris, your post is priceless (although I suspect we react differently to the politician in question). You have a great ear. That could just as well be North Carolina and Southerners of either party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    I work about a half hour west of Boston.

    Paahk the caah.
    I love the way Bostonians (& New Englanders in general) speak. From our experience traveling there, it's impossible to paahk the caah in Hahvid Skwayah.

    dishionery for dictionary ("kt," not "sh")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    My husband says "acrost" instead of "across." And is extremely attached to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    When she was living, my grandmother used to say "twiste" instead of "twice".
    Can these be dialect accent somewhere?

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    Definitely but my hubby is from northern NJ - I didn't think that was an area with much of a dialect.

    These two examples sound like they'd have the same geographic origin but I think I grew up hearing "twiste" ("twycte") in the South. What do you think, PB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Definitely but my hubby is from northern NJ - I didn't think that was an area with much of a dialect.

    These two examples sound like they'd have the same geographic origin but I think I grew up hearing "twiste" ("twycte") in the South. What do you think, PB?
    Well, my grandmother was from Pennsylvania, and she said "mira" rather than "mirror", and "hamburg" rather than "hamburger". I'm not sure how much of that was location and how much was education.

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    I grew up hearing 'mirra' too, but not hamburg (in FL).

    In 10 days I'll be going to NC for the first time in lo! these many years to visit an elderly aunt. I will take careful note of her "dialect." But for the most part I find them charming rather than irritating. "Acrost," however, on the lips of a Ph.D....

    BTW, in illustration of my previous point to Doris about Southern politicians:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU7fhIO7DG0
    He doesn't dwell on pronunciation here but I could certainly imagine him in a debate:
    "How do you pronounce W-H-Y?"
    "Why."
    "Nup. WHAH."
    Etc.
    Note the number of views.

    ETA: I just remember, it wasn't "mirra" I grew up with but "mirrow." It was years before I realized that anyone pronounced that word differently.

    My mother (transplanted Kansan in Jacksonville, FL) called pilaf "perlow"... and I still do too when I make her dish.
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    I have also heard "altso" instead of "also"

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    Just leave it set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    Just leave it set.
    What does that mean???

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolymerBob View Post
    Much of my family lives in Pennsylvania. I have heard 3 contractions for "dare not".
    I've heard "daren't", "daresen't" and "dassen't"[
    I wasn't aware that there is a correct contraction for 'dare not'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee4707 View Post
    What does that mean???
    It means "leave it alone", "let it sit".

    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    I wasn't aware that there is a correct contraction for 'dare not'.
    There isn't.

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    Now that I think about it, I'm not crazy about
    ax or aks instead of ask

    And my unfavorite of all, especially since so many ostensibly well educated people use it:

    newcular instead of nuclear

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    How about those people who write ( not just say, but WRITE ) "would of", "could of" and "should of"; rather than "would have", "could have" and "should have"?

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    fustrated instead of frustrated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Definitely but my hubby is from northern NJ - I didn't think that was an area with much of a dialect.

    These two examples sound like they'd have the same geographic origin but I think I grew up hearing "twiste" ("twycte") in the South. What do you think, PB?
    Got a friend from the same area in NJ who also says "twyste" instead of "twice." Relatives from that area say "biskettis" for "spaghetti" and "mines" instead of "mine." But the word that bothers me the most is definitely "newcular." Especially when politicians say it!

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