Friday, May 6, 2011

Oooo, Now I Get To TALK About My Favorite Subject…. Me.

Ok, so Tanit-Isis (rather bravely) posted up her participation in a new meme regarding one of my very favoritest topics: dialect.  I love this!  Not only do you get to hear people talk in different dialects and accents, but you also get to hear the (hopefully) charming voices of some heretofore aurally mysterious bloggers.  Coolio! 

Basically this all adds up to you, yes YOU, being subjected… er… I mean, allowed to listen to my rambling insanity.  As opposed to just reading it.  Lucky lucky YOU!  Right?

(Warning: I talk really fast.  This is me talking slowly.  Just saying.)

(Also, yes I know my glasses are jacked up.  I can’t get new glasses until next week when our new insurance kicks in.  Meantime, I’m Crazy Glasses Girl.  Really.  No need to tell me.  Again.)

The words are:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And these are the questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


I really hope everyone joins in on this one!  C’mon! You know you want to.  Copy and paste.  Get out that video camera.  You can do it!  Go team!

Wow.  Too much caffeine today.

edit: ‘K, so Big In Japan at least should know that I’m pretty much always that excited to talk about something… er… anything, as long as I’m talking.  I’m whatcha might call A Talker.  Big shocker, I know.

edit revisited: so yesterday we had a slight sprinkle of rain while it was sunny and my mother announces, “Hey, it’s a sunshower!” out of the blue.  I have never heard this before but she insisted this was a totally normal thing for her to say.  Weirdness.  And re: a house… that is a pretty normal North American thing to do, usually by high-school students.  The trick to clean up (in case you ever need to): light one end of the toilet paper with a lighter and the whole streamer should go up in a puff of ash.  Not recommended in extreme drought, but otherwise pretty safe.  And waaaay easier than picking it all up.


  1. I LOVED this post! You sound pretty normal to me so our dialect must be similar. Hmmmm, if I can find my flip cam I might do this one too....

  2. Congratulations, you said every word right - even the questions. Except rolypoly? I've never heard of that.

    My husband mocks me about "syrup". I have some "iron range" influence tempering the "fargo"; maybe that's it.

    I had to stop saying "you guys" in the South, too. People didn't even seem to know what it meant.

  3. Ok so Joy has to say "syrup" online for us now, because I'm not sure what the difference is going to be between Range and Fargo. I'm thinking she says "see-rup". Yes? No?

  4. Dude, you sound like, so creepily cheerful! hwahwahwa

  5. You say everything just right - except that's a potato bug. This was fun. Thanks. g

  6. No, I say syrup like you do - in fact we say all the words the same, including caramel! How refreshing! (hehe) I used to think "car-a-amel" and "carmel" were two different things.

    My husband says seerup. Shudder. Wait, I guess most other people do too. We have a small battle going over the development of our 2 year old's syrup pronunciation.

  7. @ Big In Japan : Yeah, right?

    @ Joy: ok. that's just WRONG. W-R-O-N-G wrong. You stick to your guns there, missy.

    @ everyone else: you do it, you do it!

  8. I'm a couple states north of ya, but it sounds like we use pretty much the same words. Does anyone around you add an "r" into the word "wash"? My husband does that, which instantly causes me to cringe and nag him about how horribly wrong that is.

  9. Yay! Big is right, you are crazy excited (and way less ummy and ahhy than I was). You should do more videos.

    I am loving this. I'd never even heard (or at least noticed) the "pecon" (rather than pecan) thing before. I guess I've never really discussed pecans with my American acquaintances.

    The distribution of the word "sun shower" is interesting, too... mind you, I had to teach my husband that one and we grew up in the same city, so it might just be a weird patchy thing too.

    Seerup is just weird.

  10. Lol so just to prove that sometimes I DO read your blog, I had to reply. The kids say "grandad" probably because that's what I called mine. And a daddy long legs is not a spider, it's an insect, the one with really long legs and wings. We call it a Tommy Spinner. No idea. A trolley that runs on rails would be a trolleybus. And when did we get a webcam? huh?? Btw the word verification was foroac. Like in "For foroac's sake use the correct emphaaasis, doofenschmirtz!"

  11. I love you more today than yesterday! Not the song (but that's ok, too), but really! I would've answered ALL THE SAME! Rain when the sun is shining? Huh??? And, I love that I can see your stash (peek-a-boo) and I love that your husband posted. Ok, that is all.

  12. I would have said everything the same as well. Only thing is that I call a rollypolly a pill bug. I wish someone would tell me what you call rain when the sun shines. I understand the peer pressure for Ya'll. Both my parents and the rest of my family are from OK.

  13. Ok rats. I have to listen. Damn you.

  14. Aw, you're so cute and cheery.

    Are you sure that was you?

    I will NOT be doing this. WILL NOT. NOT. (Although now I kinda want to.)

    I say "ant", and Sometimes. Mostly I say car-mel.

    What the heck IS rain when the sun is shining?? spitting? I'm interested in this one too.

  15. So THAT'S what you sound like! I got the feeling that you were s l o w i n g down for our benefit just a bit! Really really interesting to hear how people sound. (Like the cat chiming in too)
    If I could be bothered making a video with my camera and working out how to upload it to You tube I might have to join in too. This is too fun!

  16. I thought Americans said "soda"! I was surprised to hear "pop".
    I've heard the "daddy long legs is not a spider" arguement before, but I've never heard someone say it has wings?
    I say "car-a-mel" and "Pee-can". I'd love to have "Toronto" and "garage" and "aluminum" added to the list.

  17. This was really kewl! Thanks for sharing it...and it was really nice to put a voice to the face.

    I live in the Northeastern United States but grew up with parents who migrated from the south so we say y'all all the time! But grandparents are Mama and Papa or Grandma & Grandpa (depends on which set you are addressing) and pop is definitely SODA! Oh and it's called a sun shower...I love those.

    Thanks for sharing this!!!

  18. Wow, this was a fun post. I loved hearing your voice. The wheeled contraption for groceries is a "wagon" here in HI.

  19. @ TracyKM - The Husband is a flippin' lunatic. We get into this argument fairly often (or at least, whenever I see a daddy long legs... apparently they don't have this particular insect in England, but have something slightly similar that also has wings that they call Daddy Long Legs. In other words, he's just plain wrong.)

    @ everyone else: thanks for all the great comments!

  20. I had no clue you would sound so Perky! But your flippin cat got the dog up and running around looking and caused the cat to startle and run out her cat door. So two benefits to listening to this thing: YOU and trickin on the animals :) Definitely improved my day and you don't want to know what had been going on prior, really

  21. Oh now let's not go anywhere near aluminIum. Or garage. Or tomato. Or apricot.

  22. I agree you sound very perky! Alas I have no video camera to do this (- no I'm not going to use my daughter's camera).
    We have 'daddy long legs' spiders which I think you refer to, but also recognise the 'flying daddy long legs' which your husband refers to, and which are crane flies I think.

  23. You are so stinkin' cute. I hear you guys all the time here in San Antonio. Even my 3-year-old uses it.

  24. What a great idea and hilarious. I say "you guys" most of the time unless I'm getting all Tall Loud Texas Girl on my sons and then it's "What. are. y'all. doin'?" or "Why aren't y'all doing the dishes, you act like there's a severed head in the dishwasher or sumthin'!"

  25. "Pop"? "POP?" Come on, if you're in the South it's Coke, even if it's not Coke. And "ya'll" is mandatory. And "sun shower" as others have noted. And for me, it's Warshington, D.C.

  26. :) You really do sound very cheerful.

    Yay for the word roly-poly! It's my favorite word for a bug (possibly because it's so much more cheerful than the German name, which translates into cellar louse). And they do roll up into a ball when touched, which is even more awesome when an excited 5-year-old tells you... :D

  27. That is beyond fascinating! You have quite a few terms which are the same as the words/pronunciations Australians use but some are quite different. I was particularly fascinated by teepeeing (was that the word?)! I saw the question on Tanit-Isis' blog and thought it was a mispelling as I'd never heard of toilet paper being thrown on houses or that it would be common enough for there to be a term for it. There are always odd cultural differences between places but that is a particularly quirky one. Love your very sociable cat who didn't want to be left out!

  28. alright, i broke down and listened (i waited cause i was gonna tape and i didn't want your possibly weird pronunciations to subconsciously influence mine.) but obviously i haven't taped anything yet.

    you DO indeed have a cheery musical lilt to your voice which is surprising for one with such acerbic wit. in fact i think we sound similar. great minds....

  29. Yo, I'm deceptively cute, right? It's my secret disguise.

    "Yo". Seriously Must. Stop. Listening. To. Beastie. Boys.

  30. Regarding the edit revisited bit: Lighting the end of the TP only works if the kids that TP'd the house didn't turn around and wet the TP. Usually, we can tell who the mean teachers are (in this area) by which ones have wet toilet papered houses.

    You might as well give up on trying to clean up that mess.

  31. Nobody will probably see this but...I say all those same things (becasue Beangirl is my sister) and here are some interesting side notes: we absolutely say "clicker" becasue our mother does; the evil monkeys call dad "granddad" because that's what Russ says, I don't believe there IS a word for rain dsuring sunshine other than annoying - how t=do you dress for that?? and The Little One (TLo) says, "All y'all guys" - love it!

  32. I must have had little to do as I went back and reread this lot - made me grin again.
    In case it has not been noted there is a spider in Australia that is called a Daddy Long Legs and I know because I washed one down the drain in the shower this morning. The dratted thing took me by surprise and if I get surprised, they get splashed.


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