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#1 McNulty

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:38 PM

Listening to a few radio shows/podcasts recently, its incredible how much more I notice the accent when I'm not living in the area (full disclosure, I started developing it again towards the end of June when I was spending a large amount of time at home).

 

There are so many nuances beyond the well known stuff of Hon, the elongated O, etc.  Upair (there) is a good example.  The way everyone says 'wire', which I can't even begin to spell phenotically. 'Going' and 'on' pronounced as if they rhyme.  Like 'at.  And so OH-WIN....

 

Here the big one I've noticed this week - you know.  Its really quite astounding how much that one gets thrown around.  Its the go-to pause filler.  Check it out the next time you chat with someone, particularly someone older.

 

I'm not saying any of this to make anyone feel self conscious, so please don't take it that way, but I wanted to have a place to collect various smaller balmer-isms.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:42 PM

There's a big difference just between here and Wershington.

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:43 PM


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:43 PM


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:50 PM

When I lived in Buffalo for three years I noticed it a lot more when I came home for break.  People told me up there that I had a mid-atlantic accent, but everyone up there talks like Francis McDormand from "Fargo" on crack so there's that.

 

I think I have a slight, ever so slight, Balmer accent.  For example, I don't pronounce it "Balmer" but I definitely say "Ballimore" or "Baldimore"


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:51 PM

If you don't like my accent, come on up B'lair Rewd and tell me to my face.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:52 PM

When I lived in Buffalo for three years I noticed it a lot more when I came home for break.  People told me up there that I had a mid-atlantic accent, but everyone up there talks like Francis McDormand from "Fargo" on crack so there's that.

 

I think I have a slight, ever so slight, Balmer accent.  For example, I don't pronounce it "Balmer" but I definitely say "Ballimore" or "Baldimore"

 

I've never heard someone, in normal conversation, say "Bawlmer". "Baldamore" is the more used version.

 

Baldamore, Maralind.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:53 PM

Ambulance is the only word that trips me up and brings out my Baltimore accent. I pronounce it Amblance.

 

Al least I don't say "Amber Lamps".


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:56 PM

Ambulance is the only word that trips me up and brings out my Baltimore accent. I pronounce it Amblance.

 

Al least I don't say "Amber Lamps".

 

I'll say "going down the ocean" sometimes, but I'll at least enunciate :P


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:56 PM

Ambulance is the only word that trips me up and brings out my Baltimore accent. I pronounce it Amblance.

 

Al least I don't say "Amber Lamps".

 

My pops says am-buh-lance and says the lance part really fast.  Lie-bary too.

 

I'll say this to those of you who think you don't have it - you do.  Its impossible to hear because you're around it all the time.

 

Sammy, I'm curious.  A guy on my boat is from York, hasn't lived there in 20+ years, and I'd swear he's from Pasadena.  Does it exist upair?


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:57 PM

When I lived in Buffalo for three years I noticed it a lot more when I came home for break.  People told me up there that I had a mid-atlantic accent, but everyone up there talks like Francis McDormand from "Fargo" on crack so there's that.

 

I think I have a slight, ever so slight, Balmer accent.  For example, I don't pronounce it "Balmer" but I definitely say "Ballimore" or "Baldimore"

 

My company is HQ'd in BLo... God I love the "Rrrrrrs" everytime I have to talk to someone up north.



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:58 PM

My company is HQ'd in BLo... God I love the "Rrrrrrs" everytime I have to talk to someone up north.

 

You might as well just say you work for M&T Bank :D


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:59 PM

My pops says am-buh-lance and says the lance part really fast.  Lie-bary too.

 

I'll say this to those of you who think you don't have it - you do.  Its impossible to hear because you're around it all the time.

 

Sammy, I'm curious.  A guy on my boat is from York, hasn't lived there in 20+ years, and I'd swear he's from Pasadena.  Does it exist upair?

 

It might be strong in Baltimore, but I've also seen comparisons to both the Philly and various NY borough accents, so I can see someone in SE PA influenced quite a bit by all of that.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:01 PM

You might as well just say you work for M&T Bank :D

 

True story, I banked with M&T while I was in school.  One weekend back home I lost my check card.  The guy at the branch told me that it would take 10 business days to get me a new card because "they are being shipped from Buffalo".

 

"Great," I said, "I'm traveling to Buffalo tomorrow.  Where can I pick it up?"

 

He stared at me blankly for about 30 seconds and then told me the card actually originates in Illinois.  Lol.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:01 PM

Philly a Baltimore sound very much alike IMO.


There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:03 PM

You might as well just say you work for M&T Bank :D

 

Considering I go to this site sometimes on my PC at work, I will neither confirm nor deny this allegation. ;) (Yes, I'm paranoid)



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:03 PM

Philly a Baltimore sound very much alike IMO.

 

Its very similar.  Just a hint of Jersey.


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:07 PM

Considering I go to this site sometimes on my PC at work, I will neither confirm nor deny this allegation. ;) (Yes, I'm paranoid)

 

Well considering your name is in your SN, I think you're screwed if they ever check this haha.


There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:09 PM

Well considering your name is in your SN, I think you're screwed if they ever check this haha.

 

Yeah, I've thought about that. But there are a lot of Rickers, and they all Say a lot. We'll see if that defense works if it ever comes to i.



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:10 PM

So someone named "Ricker" who lives in Germantown, who loves the Orioles and who works at a bank based in Buffalo.

 

Yea, they'll never find you ;-)


There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty

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