March 29, 2005

Happy Day

I just spoke to blog brother Joe and blog father Grau on the phone. It’s so funny, but you cannot hear accents on blogs. They have what I consider thick Illinois/Wisconsin accents. It cracks me up! I love hearing them talk. I wanted to keep them on the phone and just pick out certain words and say, “Say that again!” Heh heh heh!

And… they are the nicest guys. I love my blog family.

And… in case you are wondering what I sound like, as Harvey said to me when he spoke to me first time on the phone, he now reads my blog very quickly as that is how I speak. I also have a light Gulf Coast Southern accent, that comes and goes. Just so you know…

Posted by Boudicca at March 29, 2005 10:27 PM

A "light Gulf Coast Southern accent"?


Did he mean a tidewater accent (aka eastern Virginia down to eastern Georgia)? It's almost impossible to have a "light" Gulf Coast Southern accent... and there is more than one accent on the Gulf Coast!!!

Two questions: is y'all singluar, plural, or both?

Do you stretch out all your vowels, or just the "a"s?


Posted by: Jack at March 30, 2005 01:53 AM

An accent that comes and goes huh? Are you sure you are not a spy, and sometimes you forget to put on that "accent"? hehe

Posted by: Amanda at March 30, 2005 02:32 AM

Jack- Light Gulf Coast is my term. Harvey would probably just say, "Southern". It's Gulf Coast as in Pensacola... light Alabama I guess. Y'all is plural, all the time, with Y'all's being plural possessive. If I make any letter longer, it would be the 'a's' and not the others so much. I don't think... now I'm going to be analyzing my speech patterns! ;-)

Amanda- Yup, comes and goes, between midwest with NO accent and Southern. It depends on a lot of things. If I'm around Southerners it is thick. If I'm around people with no accent, it is light to non-existent, although y'all always stays. Y'all is an important part of speech!

Posted by: Boudicca at March 30, 2005 07:13 AM

I've talked to both Grau and Joe and neither one of them has an accent. In fact I'm pretty sure Harvey doesn't have one either. I've never spoken to him in person, but he does live with in an artillary shot of my house.

We have what is considered the standard no-accent. It's what all media personallities try to emulate because EVERYONE can understand what we say. :-P

Posted by: Contagion at March 30, 2005 08:01 AM

I'm not a Southerner, but I *do* believe y'all is singular, and "all y'all" is plural :-)

And Bou IS a spy, but don't tell anyone, since she's under deep cover.

Wait... DOH!

Posted by: Harvey at March 30, 2005 09:53 AM

The Southern part I understand, since you're from L.A. (Lower Alabama). But speaking quickly? That's not Southern. Have you been hanging out too long with those DamnYankee New Yorkers you love so much?? :))

Posted by: George at March 30, 2005 10:03 AM

So what, I wonder, did you make of mine and Sally's accent? :-p

I have to admit that yours was softer than I thought as the only southern type accents I have been exposed to are Texan and Virginian...

Posted by: Alex at March 30, 2005 02:33 PM

George- My Dad was once referred to by a roommate, listening to him leave a message on my answering machine as 'The fastest talking Southerner' she had ever heard. It runs in the family. For me, it's a case where my brain is churning out stuff so quickly, I gotta get it out.

Contagion- my friend- you are oh so very mistaken. I know of what you speak, this lack of accent thing for media personalities, and that is not Grau and Joe. Oh no. Not at all. And it probably isn't YOU either. *grin*

Alex- TX and VA are strong strong accents. When you live in the S. long enough, you can distinguish between the harder vs. the softer southern accents. The true Atlanta accent is probably one of the most beautiful southern accents... it is so very easy on the ears. Nothing harsh, it rolls, and is elongated. Almost gentile. Heh. That is not mine!

As for what I thought of yours and Sallys... what every American thinks when they hear a Brit! We love listening to y'all talk. We could listen for hours.

Oh and Harvey... I do say all y'all. I guess that would mean y'all is also singular. I hadn't thought of it that way. Hmm.

Posted by: Boudicca at March 30, 2005 04:11 PM

I never thought of myself having an accent before, but I will say that if I drink heavily I start doppleganging the accent of whoever I'm talking to heheh.
It's almost gotten my ass kicked around some southern guys :)

Posted by: Graumagus at March 30, 2005 04:42 PM

I love accents! New Englanders, Midwesterners, Southerners...the best are the folks from Louisiana. I just stand there and grin when they talk.

Posted by: michele at March 30, 2005 09:07 PM


Posted by: _Jon at March 31, 2005 01:47 AM

I was very glad to get to talk to you, Bou! I just wish you had been there! Oh, well, sometime... hopefully soon.

The Perfectly Accentless T1G


Posted by: T1G at April 2, 2005 07:12 PM