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  1. Mike Ryan says

    Other odd pronunciations: Almond and mayonnaise. In California an almond is pronounced as “all-mund” while in many other places it is pronounced “am-mund”. In California we refer to mayonnaise as “may oh naise” while outside the state is is often called “main-naise”.

    Interesting, huh?

  2. woodroad34 says

    I remember as a kid being taken to the university where my mom was studying to be a special ed teacher. She had to do a paper on regionalisms, much like this video, and she talked to me about it. I always remember the soda/pop and fire/sack or sack/bag, creek/crick and route/”root” terms. It was really fascinating. Supposedly, the south is the closest to British English.

  3. Morgan says

    AJ, in New England they call carts “carriages”. Once a co-worker commented how stupid “cart” sounded to me (I’m a west coast transplant). I then asked them to describe how they bought something on amazon.com. Do you place your items in a virtual “carriage?” Buggy though? That’s a new one to me.

  4. ratbastard says

    @Morgan,

    I grew up primarily in New England [Boston], and call them both carriages and carts. Today, they’re almost universally called carts even here.

    @Woodroad34,

    There is no such thing as a “British Accent”. Britain is made up of England, Wales, Scotland, and part of Ireland [at one time all of Ireland]. Each of these “countries” has many accents and dialects within them. What some Americans refer to as a “British” accent or English accent is a southeast England/London/estuary accent. The primary feature of said accent, at least to American ears, is they pronounce the letter R as “ah”, not “er” as almost all Americans do. It’s called a non-rhotic accent, and the only American accents that are non-rhotic are primarily the Boston, New York City accents and some parts of the southeast U.S., also a traditional New Orleans accent is non-rhotic, sounding very similar to a NYC accent. I suppose people with these accents sound the closest to what some Americans refer to as a “British” or English accent. A Boston and New York City accent[s] is really a corruption of a non-rhotic London/southern England accent[s].

    I went to school with a kid born and raised in New Orleans. I never knew he was from N.O. until he told me. I assumed he was from either the Boston area, Rhode Island or New York City area. I also have traveled and do travel outside the U.S. In Europe I’m almost universally assumed not to be American when I speak. Many have said they thought I was Australian, Dutch or maybe South African {!} I’ve had others say to me I don’t look American, whatever that means. I just laugh. Whatever.

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