Saturday, September 26, 2009

say this, not that

~beware, semi-incoherent rant ahead~

i've lived here for 15 years.
in a few years it will be longer than i lived with my parents.
in fact, if you ask me where i am "from" - i'd probably say pittsburgh - almost.

and yet, i still have a wv accent.
i don't mind.
i really don't even think about it anymore.

so, if you meet me, for the very first time...

say this,
"i couldn't help but notice your accent is quite unique,
may i ask where you spent your childhood?"

not that,
"OH MY GOD! WHERE ARE YOU FROM?"
followed by,
"YOU SOUND LIKE YOU ARE FROM WAY FAR SOUTH*!"
and,
"QUICK, SAY SOMETHING ELSE!"

oh, and please, for the love of grits,
let me finish introducing myself first.

*not that there's anything wrong with that.

2 comments:

Aaron Bias said...

LOL! "way far South". Yankees never can distinguish between a hillbilly twang and a southern drawl. I, however, have been blessed (?) with the gift of unconscious mimickry nd therefore sound like I've lived in central Ohio all my life. Until I go to visit my folks. When in WV I twang like a banjo and start to "reckon" things. :)

pajama mom said...

yes, i immediately start saying things like, "JU-LIE"...

my parents, if asked, would swear they had "no accent" at all.

as would i.