Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Post In Which I Reveal My Boring Accent

My friend Jayne posted this vlog (video blog post) last week & I thought it looked like too much fun to miss. Of  course, Jayne with her Georgia accent was more fun than mine will be. I still have a twinge of a southern accent, but it’s mostly gone now. I remember when I was a child visiting my aunt & uncle in West Virginia (this was the trip where I learned that North Carolina fought for the south – devastating to me! Why were we call North Carolina if we were rebels?) the local kids loved to ask me to say things like “rice” and “pocket book.” Apparently I sounded pretty southern then. Perhaps I lost my accent while giving speeches in high school. Or maybe it was in Zambia where I was trying especially hard to articulate. Whatever, the following vlog is going to be pretty boring with my mostly Ohio accent now.

Here’s the prompt:

Say these words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Answer these questions:
•What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
•What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
•What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
•What do you call gym shoes?
•What do you say to address a group of people?
•What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
•What do you call your grandparents?
•What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
•What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
•What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

And here is the vlog:

So, I’d like to challenge my readers from other countries to do this – it would be a lot more interesting for those of us on this side of the pond!

Dr. M just listened to the video & the last word got cut off - I'm not going to edit it, so I'll just say that the word is "remote."


Jayne said...

Yay! That was fun to hear my friend, and I certainly did hear your Southern accent and smiled when you said, "growin' up." Thanks for playing along and I must say, your video is so much more professionally done!

Janelle said...

LOL I can tell the diff between your accent and mine just by pecan!

Rudee said...

You still sound Southern to me--very charming.

Argent said...

Argh! Can't get your vidoe to play! Dagnabit! Does anybody actually say that ?

Rachel Fox said...

I'm no expert but I hear some Southern in there for sure.

And the devil is beating his wife? Where did that come from??

We'd better start practising US speak... I'd say nearly all those words differently!


Greg C said...

You were faking it Bug. I know you wanted to say Pea-cane and Alerbamer. LOL

Tess Kincaid said...

The devil is beating his wife? That's too funny! Great stuff.

ellen abbott said...

that was fun, hearing your voice. but we 'wrap' a house, the bug is a 'doodle bug', and the drink is 'soda'.

altar ego said...

I am so wishing I had a web cam so that I could do this. It was fun to hear your voice! Which I like, by the way, however influenced by whatever region!

Amy said...

OK that was high-larious. Devil beating his I love all those differences between areas...I would do this but I HATE to see myself on video let alont TALK, it would do me in.

Niamh B said...

great fun, think I'll try this on audio at least!

And "the devil is beating his wife"? mad!!!

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

oh i think your accent is great!

I have no idea how to do a v-log, so i'm afraid my ugly mug won't be on the intranet

Sadly any idea you may have of an upper class brit accent only exists in the house of windsor

Brian Miller said...

ha. great to hear your voice...being from the mtns of prob dont want to hear mine...smiles.

Kat Mortensen said...

I have to come back (the tv's on behind me) and there's some singing going on (onscreen and off).

I'd like to do this vlog.


Merle Sneed said...

Very cool Bug!

Ruth L.~ said...

Pretty interesting. My Boston accent would break the vlog! :>)

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