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The Accent Tag

I installed a new video card in my computer, so y’all should be able to see this much better. That’s a computer geek joke. Much like, “There are only 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don’t.”

Or, “There’s no place like 127.0.0.1.” There’s a kid out there who started out life by being able to program the family VCR rolling on the floor in stitches reading this.

 

Okay, this is an interactive post. A little reading but mostly listening. I discovered on YouTube, a series called, “The Accent Tag”. There are a list of words and a series of questions to be answered. The idea is to hi-lite regional accents and word usage.

People from around the world post videos of themselves on YouTube pronouncing these words and answering the questions in their own accent. There are videos from Scotland, Ireland, Australia, the American South, whites, blacks, Asians and Pakistani accents.

One of the words on the list is “Alabama”. How many ways can you pronounce, or mis-pronounce, the word “Alabama”? On my recent cruise with a ship-load of New Yorkers and folks from New Jersey, I found out just how many ways the word can be butchered.

Here are the words and questions. Click on the audio icon below to hear how someone with a mongrel accent – someone of Scottish-accented parents, raised in Canada but after twenty years in the American South – can master these words and questions.

Accent Tag Audio

The audio will open in a new window. Once the audio starts,  click to come back to this page to follow along with the words and questions.

The Words:
Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, Envelope

The Questions:

    1. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
    2. What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
    3. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
    4. What do you call gym shoes?
    5. What do you say to address a group of people?
    6. What do you call the kind of spider (or spider-like creature) that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
    7. What do you call your grandparents?
    8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
    9. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
    10. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Please feel free to comment on my pronunciation or answers!

 

 

 

 

Here’s an example of the Accent Tag on YouTube. I think this young lady is from Texas. She has a unique answer to ‘raining while the sun is shining’!

 

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Comments

  1. cailinn  October 7, 2014

    in texas we do not say pea-can we say pucon

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    • Tanisha Smith  June 6, 2015

      My Mom and I is from New Orleans and she says it like that two I’m an some timer I say it all types of ways

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  2. Daisy  June 16, 2015

    I pronounce route as if it was root

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    • Riley  December 11, 2015

      Are you Irish? I am

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  3. Brenda  September 27, 2015

    Holy cow! Everyone makes fun of me for the past tense of ruin! Rurnt. My mom says it, my aunts say it, I say it, and I thought it was just some inbred dumb Kentuckian thing!

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    • Gina  October 5, 2017

      HELL NO! You are not alone with your problem…My non-southern friends always make fun of me when I talk because of my accent… but still I am proud to be from Tennessee. I don’t know if it’s just stupidity or if everybody from the South has this problem, but I ALWAYS struggle with the difference between ‘was’ and ‘were’.

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  4. ?  July 12, 2016

    I dunno what it’s called when you throw toilet paper on a house, the bug is a roly-poly, a bubbly carbonated drink is soda/sparkling water, I call gym shoes sneakers, to address a group of people I just say hi, the spider I call a daddy-long-legs, I call my grandparents Nana and Papa, I call the “contraption” a grocery cart, I dunno what I call it when rain is falling while the sun is shining, and I call it a clicker… anybody else got the same answers?

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    • Leo  July 26, 2016

      I call them “curly bug thingys” or something like that haha, soda, sneakers or running shoes, you guys, idk the spider, grandma and grandpa, shopping cart, and it’s a TV remote (sometimes remote control).

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  5. Sarah  October 4, 2016

    You say “The Devil is beating his wife” when its sunny and raining at the same time.

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  6. Earn  December 9, 2016

    The Questions:

    1 What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
    > TP’ing

    2 What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
    > Roly Poly / Millipede

    3 What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
    > Soda or Soft drinks

    4 What do you call gym shoes?
    > Sneaker

    5 What do you say to address a group of people?
    > Hi! Guys / Hey! Y’all…

    6 What do you call the kind of spider (or spider-like creature) that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
    > Daddy long legs

    7 What do you call your grandparents?
    > Grand mom or Grand dad

    8 What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
    > Shopping Cart

    9 What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
    > Ok, That’s sun shower !

    10 What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
    > A Remote

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  7. Poodith  December 30, 2016

    1. TP
    2. Water Bug
    3. Pop
    4. Tennis Shoes
    5. Hello Everyone
    6. Daddy Long Legs
    7. Grandmother and Grandfather
    8. Shopping Cart
    9. Not Sure
    10. Remote Control

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  8. Ryō  March 28, 2017

    1.) Tenting (something my family made up)
    2.) Milipide
    3.) Drink
    4.) Shoes
    5.) Hello!
    6.) Grand Spider
    7.) Papa and Grandma
    8.) Cart
    9.) Happy Storm
    10.) Remote

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  9. Jordan Hall  August 16, 2017

    1. I call it t p’ no
    2. Roly poly
    3. Coke or soda
    4. Tennis shoes
    5.Yall
    6. Granddaddy long legs
    7. Dad side is gramps, grandma Jo, and grandmama
    8.buggy
    9. Devil beatin his wife
    10. Remote

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