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A Seattle Accent? Is it Egg or Aigg?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Imp, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012
  2. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    Ok, they are so totally wasting their money. I am from the Pacific Northwest and I say egg, and cot etc. no accent here! And I lived in E. WA. for several years and never started sound like a southerner!!! I now live in Alabama and say....."ya ain't from 'round her ar ya" !!! LOL
     
  3. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I'm from the Mojave Desert in California, both my parents are from upstate New York, and I now live south of Seattle. I've trained the rags and tatters of my Buffalo roots in out of my speech (I now say "water" instead of my childhood "wudder," for example), and I pride myself on being accent-free.

    So a couple years ago, my sister, Mom, and I visited Buffalo for my grandmother's 95th birthday, and sister and I were a little giggly (privately) about the Buffalo accent. There is no "ah" sound in Buffalo, did you know that? It's a short "a" as in "apple" instead, and in extreme cases (like my Aunt Mary) it's pretty nasally.

    So sister and I went garage-saling in my mom's childhood neighborhood, and I started up a conversation with the 2 ladies conducting a sale. Mid-conversation, one of the ladies asked where I was from. When I told her Washington state, she replied, in broadest Buffalo, "Oh! I thought I heard a touch of Vancouver in your accent!" I mentioned (tactfully) the Buffalo accent, and both seemed amazed that there was such a thing.

    Accents...who knew?

    --Nikki
     
  4. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Living in PNW, myself, I don't believe there is accent in Seattle. I know here in Oregon, there are a ton of people from Minnesota. Who's to say that many of the "accents" these Drs were hearing were not from transplants?
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I never thought of Seattleites having accents either.
    I assume a qualified linguist would take in account accents creeping in, from other places, but who knows

    I have known a couple of women named Dawn from other areas, that have corrected me saying Don. Sounds like they exagerate the aw. Daaawwwn
    One was from the tricites in Eastern Washington

    I do say aigg not egg
    and cot not caught

    but use bag not beg

    Imp
     
  6. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess there is a accent but even cooler to me is that the american accent now is more like the british accent in 1776 than the british accent is now
     
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  7. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

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    As someone from the PNW, I have the blandest accent & regional terminology out there. :B Bag is bag, egg is ayg, both is both (no 'l' sound in there), pen is pen, soda is soda not pop or anything else, a shopping cart is not a trolley, caramel is carmul, pecan is pecawn, crayon is cran, etc.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I was raised half my life in the south and the other up north...
    Yeah,.. :rolleyes:
     
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Everyone has an accent....
     
  10. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I always laugh when my hubby would say I had an accent when we met (I grew up in WA state) The biggest chuckle for him was pellow (pillow), beg for bag, pretty much all the words mentioned by previous posters, LOL. He was from Indiana and had a huge accent to me but none according to him! [​IMG] Yep,I agree we all do to a certain extent.
     

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