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#81 JJFIVEOH

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:00 PM

Awesome dialect quiz:http://www.nytimes.c...t-quiz-map.html


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:48 PM

Saw this posted on another sports-related website that I frequent:
"Dude what the hell did you expect? We all said this team would be lucky to win 10 games this year.. the cubbert is bare.. this a huge rebuilding job at the moment."

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Edited by Potato, 22 December 2013 - 03:44 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:23 AM

My favorite, "I seen..."


Been listening to Rob Ray too much.

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We must sound alike; my map looks just like that.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

I can't believe we've gotten this far without "yous" being brought up.

#85 JJFIVEOH

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:31 AM

Been listening to Rob Ray too much.


We must sound alike; my map looks just like that.


That Texas drawl hasn't gotten to you yet?

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:44 AM

I can't believe we've gotten this far without "yous" being brought up.


How about "yinz"? Anyone ever hear how the mutants in Pittsburgh talk?

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:48 AM

Heard an interesting segment on the radio recently about how saying "axe" instead of "ask" is actually legitimate, if you want to go way, way back.

(And I will call myself on the use of "actually," which often bothers me.)


I had a co-worker say "So he axe me..." I just asked how badly she was cut. Axe me drives me nuts.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:49 AM

I can't believe we've gotten this far without "yous" being brought up.


The plural of you is perfectly acceptable here in NS ... :doh:

Must be the Scottish heritage of many here. After all, Nova Scotia, is New Scotland.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:49 AM

Uhhhhh, I think I say the grass needs cut. It doesn't sound odd or wrong to me. I wouldn't write it that way though.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:35 PM

Amazing! The darkest red on my map is right where I live.

Yep mine was Buff/Roch area. Having been married to a Boston girl, I could have chosen all her answers, as stupid as they are.

I can't believe we've gotten this far without "yous" being brought up.

Anywheres is also said by the same culprits.

Uhhhhh, I think I say the grass needs cut. It doesn't sound odd or wrong to me. I wouldn't write it that way though.

We are finally figuring out what is wrong with you. The Sabres need rebuild. I love it.

Do you say grass cut as opposed to lawn mowed.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:48 PM

Sports announcers saying Baldimore rather than Baltimore. Come on!


Some of the rural Marylanders pronounce it something like, "Ballmer".

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:00 PM

I don't know what that sentence means. Are you saying that Scots do not speak English? :huh:


https://en.wikipedia...Scottish_Gaelic

Most everyone speaks English, but it doesn't mean the local English dialect isn't influenced by the old sentence structures.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:56 PM

Uhhhhh, I think I say the grass needs cut. It doesn't sound odd or wrong to me. I wouldn't write it that way though.


We say mow the lawn where I'm from. I've noticed everywhere I've been in PA cuts da grass.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:10 PM

Yep mine was Buff/Roch area. Having been married to a Boston girl, I could have chosen all her answers, as stupid as they are.


Anywheres is also said by the same culprits.


We are finally figuring out what is wrong with you. The Sabres need rebuild. I love it.

Do you say grass cut as opposed to lawn mowed.

Cut da grass, yep. No, the Sabres need rebuilt. Get it right, man.

Anyone else ever "red up" or "read up" a table? Go down to the "crick"?

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:22 PM

Cut da grass, yep. No, the Sabres need rebuilt. Get it right, man.

Anyone else ever "red up" or "read up" a table? Go down to the "crick"?


We lived in Pittsburgh for a while in the early 90s ... all they did was "red up" this, or that ... get something ready.

My mother is from Buffalo ... Elma, to be exact. My grandparents' (now my cousin lives there) land went all the way down to the Buffalo Crick. Loved it there as a young boy.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:40 PM

We lived in Pittsburgh for a while in the early 90s ... all they did was "red up" this, or that ... get something ready.

My mother is from Buffalo ... Elma, to be exact. My grandparents' (now my cousin lives there) land went all the way down to the Buffalo Crick. Loved it there as a young boy.


Actually, red up a table is to clear it after a meal. At least where I come from.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:16 PM

Actually, red up a table is to clear it after a meal. At least where I come from.


Now that you have me thinking more about it, you are right.

Red up does mean clean up. A good friend down there had his house on the market and he was forever "red in' up the house for a showing".

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:03 AM

Awesome dialect quiz:http://www.nytimes.c...t-quiz-map.html

There were a few questions where a couple of answers were valid for me (such as pop vs. soda, which I use interchangeably depending on where I am), so I took it twice. The only city that showed up both times for me was apparently Grand Rapids, MI.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:26 AM

There were a few questions where a couple of answers were valid for me (such as pop vs. soda, which I use interchangeably depending on where I am), so I took it twice. The only city that showed up both times for me was apparently Grand Rapids, MI.


Depending on where you are? I think that defeats the purpose. When I'm in Detroit or Buffalo, I say "pop". When I'm in San Diego I say "soda". ;)

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:58 AM

Some of the rural Marylanders pronounce it something like, "Ballmer".



I have a Buffalo accent so it comes out as "the killing fields"

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:05 PM

Here's another beauty...ad nauseum. Hello, it's ad nauseam


I think I just messed this up in another thread. Failed.

Took the dialogue quiz.. Buffalo/Rochester (lived in:21 years / lived in: ~20 years) and Detroit (never) are my closest cities.

I'd adopted some of my wife's influence (she's downstate) and half of my family is from Indiana so my father had some influence on me. Years ago I would bet heavily that would have read more like Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:10 PM

I think I just messed this up in another thread. Failed.

Took the dialogue quiz.. Buffalo/Rochester (lived in:21 years / lived in: ~20 years) and Detroit (never) are my closest cities.

I'd adopted some of my wife's influence (she's downstate) and half of my family is from Indiana so my father had some influence on me. Years ago I would bet heavily that would have read more like Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis.


I've been out of the area 30+ years and it pegged me for Buffalo (where I grew up, well Hamburg) and Rochester (where I went to school). Interesting it picked "potato bug" as the tell tale word.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:16 PM

I've been out of the area 30+ years and it pegged me for Buffalo (where I grew up, well Hamburg) and Rochester (where I went to school). Interesting it picked "potato bug" as the tell tale word.


Jo calls them Rollie-pollies (hard to spell that out). She had no idea what I was talking about when I called them potato bugs. I had no idea this was a Buffalo thing.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:23 PM

Jo calls them Rollie-pollies (hard to spell that out). She had no idea what I was talking about when I called them potato bugs. I had no idea this was a Buffalo thing.


it appears to also have traveled to Utah (probably with the Mormons.)

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:25 PM

it appears to also have traveled to Utah (probably with the Mormons.)


That would make sense.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:55 PM

I'm from Grand Rapids apparently.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:35 PM

I've been out of the area 30+ years and it pegged me for Buffalo (where I grew up, well Hamburg) and Rochester (where I went to school). Interesting it picked "potato bug" as the tell tale word.


Must be randomized questions? I was not asked about potato bugs...

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:18 PM

In Indiana, where I reside, some people add an "R" to the word wash. I have never warsh my clothes. I do have a pet peeve in that some will say "I have an ideal" when they mean idea. It is vexing to listen to the language be butchered thusly. I miss living in Buffalo and hearing melk for milk and crick for creek along with dese, dem and dose. I do love my hometown lingo and accents.

Potato bugs are rolly polly's here in Hoosier land.

Edited by Nitro60, 23 December 2013 - 04:17 PM.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:24 PM

The plural of you is perfectly acceptable here in NS ... :doh:

Must be the Scottish heritage of many here. After all, Nova Scotia, is New Scotland.

The plural of you is you. Even in Scotland.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:31 PM

Must be randomized questions? I was not asked about potato bugs...

I wasn't asked about soda, and it is soda

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:29 PM

I wasn't asked about soda, and it is soda


East side elitist punk.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

The plural of you is you. Even in Scotland.


I know that, but many here in New Scotland don't. Drives me crazy, as clearly indicated by my emoticon ... :P

Hey, is that a picture of you in your avatar. And, if so, are you wearing underoos under that kilt?

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:43 PM

I know that, but many here in New Scotland don't. Drives me crazy, as clearly indicated by my emoticon ... :P

Hey, is that a picture of you in your avatar. And, if so, are you wearing underoos under that kilt?


:lol:

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:49 PM

East side elitist punk.

Indeed but I slum it on the west side for work now. Too bad I'm not single, west side girls are easy.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:49 PM

90% of my answers were not like anything from the US :P

I got Yonkers, New York and New Jersey as the best (although still tenuous) fits

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:53 PM

90% of my answers were not like anything from the US :P

I got Yonkers, New York and New Jersey as the best (although still tenuous) fits

Eeeesh. Just be glad you don't sound like you are from there.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

I scored Buffalo, Rockford and Aurora, Illinois. I chalk that up to living here in Indianapolis off and on since 1978.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:47 PM

loose and lose.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:10 PM

loose and lose.


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:16 AM

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