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I thought this would be a good time for this post I had in mind after visiting family in Massachusetts last week. I was born there but moved to Wisconsin when I was 11 years old. I'm now 38 so I've spent more of my life here than in my "home" state which means I talk like a Midwesterner I guess.
There is one word that I refuse to change my pronunciation on and that is AUNT. It is pronounced 'ant' around here and I will not say it! lol
Every time we get together with our family I notice differences in how we talk and thought it would be fun to list some of them here. I usually will pick on them for some of the stuff they say or how they pronounce things. But hey, they're family, I'm allowed! This is just for fun and not meant to offend anyone.
Here's a list of some of the things I noticed we have different words for:
What we say (WI)/What they say (MA)
liquor store/package store
purse/pocketbook (this one really cracks me up)
naughty/fresh (as in a child misbehaving)
garage or rummage sale/tag sale
quarter to, after/quarter of, past (as in the time, quarter to 12)
Another thing that cracked us up is every time they referred to noon or the lunch hour they would say "noon time". Why not just noon? You don't say one time or two time etc at any other hour of the day. Why is noon so special?
There are also some pronunciation differences. They add syllables and extra letters where there aren't any! The main thing I usually notice is their misplacement of the letter R! They drop them off the end of words or add 'em where they aren't supposed to be.
I caught my self dropping my R's by the end of the week. When cashing in lottery tickets "I'll take any five doll-ah ticket" Doh!
My aunt was most noticeable with the adding of the R's.
"Did you see that?"
"Yeah, I saRR it"
So what about you? Where are you from and what are some things you've noticed when speaking to people from another area?
Edit to my list: Bubbler (WI)/Water fountain (MA)
How could I forget BUBBLER?! That is like the biggest one. I had it in mind but never wrote it down. Thanks to Hot Tub Lizzy for the reminder! I even did a post on Bubbler Rides