05 March 2011

Regional Dialect: Video Blog

It's popular online to do a video blog to share your regional dialect.  Personally, I'm not sure what type of accent I have these days because, well, I don't pay attention to it.  I spent 21 years of my life in western North Carolina-- in the mountains where they sit on their front porch in rocking chairs and have shindigs at a barn.  Then I moved to Atlanta, GA for a year (culture shock!) and then on to Greenville, SC for a year.  Currently, I live on the coast of Virginia. 

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

Now 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?

So... what's the verdict?  Where is my accent from?  What does it sound like to you?

And I'd love to see your videos!  Share a link in the comments!

1 comment:

AnniePressley said...

I have been told (especially in Europe) that I have a fairly neutral accent. With an exception to the word "for." I always say "fur" or "fer"... something along those lines. And sometimes the Southern comes out (which I now appreciate). I hate that I rejected it so badly when I was young.

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