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#41 BSLZackKiesel

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:14 PM

Just a few words where it comes out for me. "Ool" (oil) and "Shaar" (shower) are the two main ones. Of course, every time I hear my voice played back I definitely hear it in the way I pronounce certain syllables overall.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:18 PM

I can't say oil or wool right.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:22 PM

So hold on. 

 

Because people brought up Nestor.

 

If there's one famous person (not counting Nestor, I guess) that you'd point to for having the accent, who would it be?

 

Ref: recordings of William Donald Schaefer.... strong accent without sounding like he dropped out young and went to work at Sparrows Point...


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:51 PM

It took lots of practice for me to get "warsh" out of my vernacular.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 11:14 PM

11 years in Oregon and still, people who talk to me for the first time can hear it. They don't know exactly where I'm from, but they know it's east coast. I still catch myself saying "tarlit" (toilet) sometimes. I have no idea how I picked that one up. Some members of my family had accents, but I can't remember anyone who said tarlit.

 

A couple weeks ago I was at the grocery store and ran into a guy wearing an M.R. Ducks sweatshirt. I hadn't seen one of those in forever.



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 11:19 PM

It took lots of practice for me to get "warsh" out of my vernacular.

 

A year or so after I moved here I was sitting in a deposition and the questioning attorney kept saying warsh. During a break I asked him if he was from Bawlmer. He looked at me like I had three heads and said no, born and lived his whole life in Seattle. I said I figured he was because he said warsh. Then he tells me his grandfather, who essentially raised him, was originally from Baltimore. He never realized until then why he pronounced it that way (or so he said).


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:29 PM

I've got a few like warsh and wooder that pop up, but not much of a trace. One of the women I work with has a legit, noticeable Baltimore accent though, and it's great. Her personality just makes it that much better. My grandfathers both had it to an extent, and my mother-in-law has the Glen Burnie variation.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:35 PM

I only have trouble saying ambulance. Aside from that, no trace.

 

Amba-lance?  I still can't say cauliflower right after all these years.

 

Stoner I'd say your balmer accent is medium.  Cerrano's is low, which is disappointing.  

 

When I catch myself saying something with the accent, I always say that 'my baltimore is showing.'  No one gets it but I do it anyway hon.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:38 PM

Amba-lance?  I still can't say cauliflower right after all these years.

 

Stoner I'd say your balmer accent is medium.  Cerrano's is low, which is disappointing.  

 

When I catch myself saying something with the accent, I always say that 'my baltimore is showing.'  No one gets it but I do it anyway hon.

 


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