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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 10:48 PM

I love hearing folks talk with the Bronx/Brooklyn accent.......

I myself have a very Southern accent that I hate...LOL ! I have had Northerners tell me they like it....but it's embarrasing at times. Although when I go in to my "comedy routine" it seems to enhance the effect..




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NEW YORKESE, like the city, has a troubled past and an uncertain future. Where the accent came from is a matter most linguists are still grappling with. And where will it end is also open to speculation.

The general notion is that each borough has a distinct accent. This would mean that there is a Brooklyn accent, as opposed to Bronx accent; and that there is a Manhattan, a Queens and a Staten Island accent.

"Within New York, there are different accents, but they vary very slightly," said George Jochnowitz, a linguistics professor at the College of the Staten Island. "But it is more a product of ethnicity, rather than location."

This means that there is no such thing as Bronx accent or a Brooklyn accent. The variations in New York accent is actually more a result of the ethnic roots of the waves of immigrants that settled in the city, starting with the Dutch, the Irish, the Italian and the European Jews . All these influences ganged up and gave New York its distinctive accent. So New Yorkese speakers either have an Italian-American, Irish-American or Yiddish-American accent.


So any of you New Yorker's have that Bronx accent ?


 

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 10:58 PM
Don't fret about your southern accent. I'm from Wisconsin. Lots of us (Not me. At least I don't think so....) talk like we could have been in the movie "Fargo".
 

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 11:19 PM
Kenny, my sweet! Have I got a Sister-n-law for you......

 

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 11:30 PM
Is there such thing as a Florida accent?

just a bit different from traditional "southern"?

okay, and i'm not talking about cuban either...



 

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  posted on 1/30/2007 at 11:34 PM
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Don't fret about your southern accent. I'm from Wisconsin. Lots of us (Not me. At least I don't think so....) talk like we could have been in the movie "Fargo".



Mr. Mohra: So, I'm tendin' bar there at Ecklund and Swedlin's last Tuesday and this little guy's drinkin' and he says, "So where can a guy find some action? I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake." And I says, "What kinda action?" and he says, "Woman action, what do I look like?" And I says, "Well, what do I look like, I don't arrange that kinda thing," and he says, "I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake," and I says, "Well, this ain't that kinda place."

Officer Olson: Uh-huh.

Mr. Mohra: So he says, "So I get it, so you think I'm some kinda jerk for askin'," only he doesn't use the word jerk.

Officer Olson: I understand.

Mr. Mohra: And then he calls me a jerk and says the last guy who thought he was a jerk was dead now. So I don't say nothin' and he says, "What do ya think about that?" So I says, "Well, that don't sound like too good a deal for him then."

Officer Olson: Ya got that right.

Mr. Mohra: And he says, "Yah, that guy's dead and I don't mean of old age." And then he says, "Geez, I'm goin' crazy out there at the lake."

Officer Olson: White Bear Lake?

Mr. Mohra: Well, Ecklund & Swedlin's, that's closer ta Moose Lake, so I made that assumption.

Officer Olson: Oh sure.

Mr. Mohra: So, ya know, he's drinkin', so I don't think a whole great deal of it, but Mrs. Mohra heard about the homicides down here and she thought I should call it in, so I called it in. End o' story.

Officer Olson: What'd this guy look like anyway?

Mr. Mohra: Oh, he was a little guy. Kinda funny lookin'.

Officer Olson: Uh-huh. In what way?

Mr. Mohra: Oh, just in a general kinda way.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 08:20 AM
I thought I still had a British accent, recently however, someone asked me if I was from New York City - usually folk think I'm from Australia!

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 09:01 AM
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The general notion is that each borough has a distinct accent. This would mean that there is a Brooklyn accent, as opposed to Bronx accent; and that there is a Manhattan, a Queens and a Staten Island accent.

"Within New York, there are different accents, but they vary very slightly," said George Jochnowitz, a linguistics professor at the College of the Staten Island. "But it is more a product of ethnicity, rather than location."

This means that there is no such thing as Bronx accent or a Brooklyn accent. The variations in New York accent is actually more a result of the ethnic roots of the waves of immigrants that settled in the city, starting with the Dutch, the Irish, the Italian and the European Jews . All these influences ganged up and gave New York its distinctive accent. So New Yorkese speakers either have an Italian-American, Irish-American or Yiddish-American accent.




There is definitely a seperate Bronx and Brooklyn accent. The ethnic roots of the immigrants may have made the difference, but not everyone in each borough is of the same ethnicity (though some may be dominant). When you hear them speak, you can clearly tell the difference and you know where they grew up.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 09:15 AM
Living in Long Island for the past 11 years made me lose my Brooklyn accent, so I'm told, although the wife tells me I slip up now and then...especially when we argue

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 09:55 AM
It's mutual. I call friends there just to hear that "Southern" accent. I try to guess the region when I don't know where in the South someone is from and then ask them to see if I guessed it right. "I reckon" and "yu reckon?" just get me. It's so cute. Of course, they want me to "tawk" too. Badabing, badaboom.


 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 10:07 AM
only when i argue/yell/get very excited do you hear my accent leak out.

and i think people always LOVE accents that they dont hear on a daily basis. i once went out with a girl from tennessee, just cause i loved hearing her talk

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 11:50 AM
I grew up in Brooklyn and I think some of those born here speak "Brooklyneese" on purpose. I grew up in the Sunset Park / Bay Ridge area and from what I've been told my "accent" is hardly noticeable. However I know plenty of "Joey's & Tony's , etc" from Bensonhurst who seem to take pride in speaking in the local lingo i.e. " After I go to the terlit I'm headed down to da garage at turdy terd & terd to git my earl changed in my ca" ( TRANSLATION : "After I go to the bathroom I'm going down to the garage at thirty third & third to have the oil changed in my car. " )................I remember one time when on vacation , skiing at Breckenridge in Colorado , and me & my brother were talking up some girls from Oklahoma ( they had the accent to prove it ! ) and they wouldn't believe we grew up in Brooklyn because we didn't speak with a "Brooklyn Accent"

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 12:13 PM
I grew up in Manhattan, spent summers with my grandma in Virginia in the Blue Ridge, and have lived in New Mexico, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and mostly Brooklyn in my adult life. I think all those places are in my voice a little tiny bit. When I'm drinking, I get more and more Noo Yawk though, maybe just cuz it's fun!

I agree with Vinny about accents, it's a trip to hear 'em and having a Southern girl whisper in your ear in the darkness is one of life's great treats for Northern boys!!!

Although, I gotta say, somehow I can't imagine that she'd be as turned on if I leaned in and gave her my best sexy "Who loves ya, baby? How YOU doooin'?"

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 12:49 PM
I have a good friend here in Athens who is from Brooklyn. It's cool to hear him talk since it's not a common accent 'round these parts. lol

I don't have "the southern politician" or southern belle or even "redneck" accent like alot of folks here in the south, but of my family, I have the most southern-ish one. I think it's funny to hear people immitate southern though. Once I went to a GA&F concert years ago with a friend from New Jersey and I had to interpret what Gregg was saying. lol

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 01:53 PM
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Don't fret about your southern accent. I'm from Wisconsin. Lots of us (Not me. At least I don't think so....) talk like we could have been in the movie "Fargo".


I'm originally from Wisconsin and now live in Brooklyn and I've always found accents pretty interesting.

Growing up in Wisconsin, I definately had a small accent, although since I was in Madison as oppose to the boonies it wasn't as thick. I didn't really notice it until I was in high school and early college (I have cousins from WI that still claim they don't have any accent and that's why so many TV shows are based in Wisconsin [Happys Days, Laverne & Shirley, That 70s Show, Pickett Fences, Step By Step, etc] because it's middle american and sans accent) and began meeting people from all over and started to hear myself talk. Once I got a job where I ended up talking on the phone to people from all over I essentially dropped it completely since enunciation was a necessity.

I've always hated it, it's a very nasal, lazy and passive accent. Now when I try to do a Wisconsin accent I find I really can't do it. The Wisconsin accent is somewhere between the scandanavian Minnesotan accent (see Fargo) and the polish Chicago accent (see Super Fans) that I have a hard time getting those out of my head and remembering the Wisconsin one.

Now that I live in Brooklyn I can't help finding the really really thick Brooklyn accents almost funny. Since New York is probably the most filmed city ever, the Brooklyn accent is probably the most parodied accent, constantly standing in as defining a gangster or a wiseguy of somekind. It's such a widely parodied accent that when I hear a real thick one it almost sounds like an affectation. It is interesting how the Italians and Irish both appropriated the Dutch the same Dutch NYC accent, (George Carlin has a funny bit about that if you ever track it down). I read that Daniel Day-Lewis heavily researched his accent for the role of Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York. I find the really thick bkln accent kind of grating, but I appreciate them over the Wisconsin accent since it is almost over-enunciation that nears pomposness, everthing the Wisconsin accent isn't. The one that really annoys me are the really thick Jersey City/Newark accents. Yikes!


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I love hearing folks talk with the Bronx/Brooklyn accent.......

I myself have a very Southern accent that I hate...LOL ! I have had Northerners tell me they like it....but it's embarrasing at times. Although when I go in to my "comedy routine" it seems to enhance the effect..


I absolutely love the south eastern accent (Georgia, SC, etc, Ohio river valley). My grandma is from Georgia and I always found that accent to be one of the sweetest accents to listen to. A lot of people think of dirtbag rednecks on Cops incomprehenisbly screaming at each other when they think of the southern accent (which is unfair since every state in the union has poor incomprehensible dirtbags that speak in their respective region's own accent), and due to provintionalism, the southern accent is often used as a way to define an idiot, which is a damn shame, because I find it truly sweet. Don't be embarrassed!

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 01:54 PM
I did a stint in Bklyn for a number of years, but Im no Tony Baloney.

I do greet with 'How ya Doin' tho and have a tendency to let 'F bombs' slip out too much.....


 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 03:18 PM
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Although, I gotta say, somehow I can't imagine that she'd be as turned on if I leaned in and gave her my best sexy "Who loves ya, baby? How YOU doooin'?"



LOLOLOL

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 03:35 PM
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I did a stint in Bklyn for a number of years, but Im no Tony Baloney.

I do greet with 'How ya Doin' tho and have a tendency to let 'F bombs' slip out too much.....





I'm tryin' to take the cure on the F bombs, what with the daughter around & all...

NYers will relate to this, I was coming back to Brooklyn w/ the family in the car, and somewhere somehow I wind up on the Bruckner as I'm heading in to town, and I'm like

" F*CK!!! The Bruckner!!!"

The car goes silent. And a minute later I hear Allie, who was not even 2 at the time, say in her angelic little sweet baby voice:

"f*ck, brugnner"



My wife said THAT's IT! NO MORE TRUCKER'S MOUTH FROM YOU!!!

Then I shot her a glance and we just stated cracking up...

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 04:15 PM
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I did a stint in Bklyn for a number of years, but Im no Tony Baloney.

I do greet with 'How ya Doin' tho and have a tendency to let 'F bombs' slip out too much.....





I'm tryin' to take the cure on the F bombs, what with the daughter around & all...

NYers will relate to this, I was coming back to Brooklyn w/ the family in the car, and somewhere somehow I wind up on the Bruckner as I'm heading in to town, and I'm like

" F*CK!!! The Bruckner!!!"

The car goes silent. And a minute later I hear Allie, who was not even 2 at the time, say in her angelic little sweet baby voice:

"f*ck, brugnner"



My wife said THAT's IT! NO MORE TRUCKER'S MOUTH FROM YOU!!!

Then I shot her a glance and we just stated cracking up...
LMAO !! FYI : My brother lives on Long Island , so I , who live on Staten Island ( for all intents & purposes a "suburb" of Brooklyn ) when I go for a visit I have to go over the Verazano Bridge , where upon exiting the bridge & getting on to the Belt Parkway they have a "WELCOME TO BROOKLYN" sign , which also says (sez ?) "HOW 'YA DOIN ? " there is also a sign as you leave Brooklyn & enter Queens , which says ( sez ?) LEAVING BROOKLYN "FUHGETABOUDIT ! "

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 04:19 PM
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The car goes silent. And a minute later I hear Allie, who was not even 2 at the time, say in her angelic little sweet baby voice: "f*ck, brugnner"
LMAO - yea, Pete, it seems like they always catch those phrases we'd rather they didn't then totally ignore the stuff we want them to hear.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 05:29 PM
New Yorkese is more than an accent...it's an attitude!

 

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  posted on 1/31/2007 at 07:44 PM
Bronx born. Too twony therd street.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:45 PM
Yo ,I'm a native Bronxite.I don't got no friggin' accent though.I dunno wha gave ya the idea dat peoples in da Bronx got accents.Weez speak english good.

 

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