Okay, Katie from Kadiddlehopper posted a vlog thing of some words and phrases that expose how we all sound different, depending on where we're from. I also checked out LadyKatza and Laurie from SewExhausted. This went around awhile ago at Tanit-Isis's blog apparently, but I missed it.
So I was born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, which is about an hour south of Birmingham...that's Bir-ming-HAM, not BUMmingum, as in England. Sylacauga is also the hometown of Jim Nabors.
If you've ever seen the Andy Griffith Show, you can imagine how I used to sound. I'm ashamed to say that the loud sound coming from a police car (pronounced PO'lice by my dad) was pronounced si-REEN at my house....till I went to medical school in Mobile (where the accents are Southern but hoity-toity, if you know what I mean) and smartened up. Another funny thing is that when I moved to New Orleans for fellowship, I was repeatedly noted to "not be from around here" by people, and one attending said, "What a beautiful accent! Are you British?" Then I spoke again, and I'll be she was embarrassed. (I told her that Vivien Leigh who played Scarlett O'Hara was British, so it was a common mistake - ha!) That's the extent of my accentual influences, so let's get to it.
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? (Drew said, "What's a supermarket?" We call it a grocery store.)
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?
Come on - you know you say caught (cawt) differently than I do, so figure out that webcam on your laptop and give it a shot!