So, yer from da nort too, eh?

October 15, 2008 01:28 by ehouston

I overheard a comment while listening to the radio the other day from one of the local hockey players.  It was clear from his accent that he is originally from Canada or at least from way up north.  It made me think of all the times that I have been asked, "So, you're not from around here are ya?" in a thick southern accent.  Now, I have lived in the south for most of my life at this point, but I am originally from up north.  And, I guess when two people who were brought up in the north choose to move south and raise their children, those children will inevitably end up speaking with a little bit different accent on some words.  Of course, my relatives from the north make fun of what they call my southern accent.  Which at this point, pretty much just consists of dropping all my "G's" as in, gonna, wanna, shoulda, etc.  However, I am happy to report that I have been able to refrain from using the following words and/or phrases over the years: I reckon, ain't, over yonder, I done that (it or whatever other task I am trying to explain is complete), and how's ya momma and them?  Although, I admit I take great joy in listening to a really nice southern accent.  You know the ones from little old ladies, all slow and sugary sweet, that is, until they have been crossed and their tempers flare.  Their speaking tempo instantly speeding up along with their adrenalin and all you can pray for is that after they get down to business you make it away alive.  Or, what I like to think of as the "old southern gentleman" version, full of molasses but peppered with a bit of good old Foghorn Leghorn from the Warner Bros. cartoons. 

The Mr. is from the deep south and although his usual speaking style is not very twangy, he can really turn on some Foghorn when he sees fit to do so!  It's a total crack up.  The not so funny part is how for years he has been telling me that once we are older he plans to always wear seersucker suits and constantly speak with that type of southern gentleman accent.  Aah Say, Aah Say...  I cannot wait!  ;-)

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October 17. 2008 15:19

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I lived in Virginia in the first grade and returned north with the thickest southern accent!

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I luv FogHorn! It's really a toss up between FogHorn and Mark Twain...I can't wait to retire and be eccentric!


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