I am from the South. I live in the God forsaken North, but I will always be Southern. I've been away from home for about 12 years - so long. My accent has definitely decreased but there are a few words that I still pronounce in Southern fashion (or wrong, as some people put it). Also, if I'm mad or have been imbibing, my accent comes back. If I speak to someone from home for even a few minutes it comes back full force. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I find that a lot of the time I will pronounce words the way I think people want to hear them... Since some people (one person) in my life insists on correcting the way I speak sometimes. If you have an accent and live somewhere besides your hometown do people correct you? When they do, do you punch them in the throat? Just curious.
Here's a little list of words and how I pronounce them or the word I use instead of the original. I guess I could've done a video for it...but, meh.
- Aunt - Aint (I know that this makes no sense to anyone where I live now but that's just how I grew up saying it - Aint Pam)
- Oil - Ol
- Yellow - Yellah
- Window - Windah
- Pillow - Pillah...okay, anything with an "oh" sound at the end automatically turns into "ah"
- Tip/Dump - Tump, I combine those two words to make one word and it's adorable. (Be careful or you gonna tump it over.)
- Anything with 1 syllable can be made into 2 syllables, anything with 2 syllables can be made into 8 syllables. Simple math.
- Theatre - Cinema, because that's more fun to say.
- Route - Root
- Fire - Faaar, because reasons.
- Ruin - I used to pronounce this "Rern"...but now I just pronounce it how it looks.
- Going to/About to - Fixin to (this is one of the ones that people used to call me on ALL the time, so annoying)
Oh, one more. What do you call saran wrap? I call it "film". I didn't even realize anyone called it different until I moved here and momma sent my stepdad to the store for film and he came back with Kodak.
Where I'm from every "soda" is called "coke".
You wanna coke?