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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's all in the enunciation

Growing up in Tennessee, I picked up habits involving the way I speak.
And those habits are not about to die, hard or any other way.

For fun, I thought I'd share with you how I say certain words and why every single time I speak to a cashier in Minnesota, I always get the "where are you from originally?" thing.

It depends on the situation.
Sometimes, if I am talking about a caramel apple, it comes out  as care-amel.
If I am talking about caramel sauce on ice cream, it comes out as car-amel

Look, I never claimed to be normal.

I have always called them pajamas, rhymes with llama.
Apparently this is common more in the south but still sprinkled around the north.

Again, it varies.
If I am talking about a handful of pecans, it comes out pah-cons.
If I happen to be talking about my dislike for pecan pie, it's then pee-can.

It either rhymes with root or gout.
I think the only time I use the word route and rhyme it with root is in reference to Route 66.
When I order a Route 44 sweet tea from Sonic, it's route-rhymes with gout.
If I'm in the car setting the navigation, it's always route-rhymes with gout.

I know, you're thinking "how in the hell can you pronounce that differently"?
Because when I say it, especially fast, it comes out as mah
Mah hair... mah eyes... mah car...etc.

Grandpa or Grandma:
This one caused my husband and me to almost roll across the floor laughing...at me.
Up in Minnesota, I here people (including my kids) say gram-pah. There's not an 'n' or 'd' in the word.
When I say either of those, it comes out as gra-maw and gra-paw.
Or at least I thought it did.
According to my husband, when I say 'paw' (as in my grandfather) it sounds like I threw an 'L' in there so he hears Paul or pall. Same with 'saw' but not with 'paw' as in a dog's paw.
Last night, I kept trying to say 'saw' without an 'L' sound. To me, I was saying it right and then couldn't stop laughing to talk at all.

Shopping cart:
It's a buggy. I don't ever/have never/will never call it a cart.
I actually did try for about a second and just couldn't do it.
My momma said it was a buggy so it's a buggy.

How about you? Do you say things in a different way that maybe sticks out where you live?

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