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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Double 0 Soul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2019 at 2:24am
Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

Good documentary. Thanks for the recommendation, Double O.

I enjoy hearing dialects but am happy to have lost most of my original one.

Some acquaintances from my school days who I had reconnected with via Facebook heard me speak in a short video interview that was on my page & expressed disgust at what I now sound like.

Pardon me if I no longer wish to sound like an 'oik' from a council caravan park in Hampshire...

(No offense to 'oiks' from council caravan parks in Hampshire).


Ive probably lost a good portion of mine, ive got no problem with that, i think subconsciously it creeps up on you without you even noticing, influenced in part by where you live, who you hang around with, who you're married to, who you work with ect..
Its a bit different to these folks who forceably remove their accents, are they ashamed of who they are, where they're from.. who f***ing cares we're all from somewhere Big smile
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I'm certainly not ashamed of where I'm from. I just didn't want to stay there. 
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I'll go along with that. In fact, where I'm from isn't even there anymore, in a manner of speaking.
 
There are people I don't understand, even if I understand their speech. Sometimes I am a little hard of listening, I will admit. Michael Caine said American English is spoken as if the words were leaning on one another and I think that happens in other languages. I used to sometimes listen to Spanish language radio (I've never been to Spain but I kinda like the music). One program had listeners call in and the difference between the DJ's Spanish and the caller's Spanish was night and day. The DJ had perfect diction (as far as I could tell), while the callers' diction sounded a little slurred, not that I could understand either one.
 
I live in Virginia and there are two places the pronunciation of which will tell how long you've been around. One is "McLean," where rich people live. The out-of-towners say "McLeen," but it's "McClain." The other place is Staunton. I was told it's pronounced "Stanton." But these are not things that bother anyone. We're friendly enough here. Southern charm and all that, except that nobody further south believes Virginia is in the South, except maybe North Carolina, which isn't so conceited as some places that could be mentioned.
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Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

I'm certainly not ashamed of where I'm from. I just didn't want to stay there. 


Amen to that!
I have hardly been back to where l originally lived, which is only an hour and a half from where l live now.
Too much attitude there, whereas people here are much friendlier.
Seems to me the nearer you get to the South East, the worse it gets.

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When kiddo was around 5yrs old i took him to the house where i lived when i was his age, the wrought iron fences on folks garden walls we used to balance across, cherry trees we used to climb, i even found all of our names which we had written in warm tar using lollypop sticks on the kerb stones, most of those kids id forgotten all about, it was quite a moment Embarrassed
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I went back for my 50th high school reunion and again last year when I had breakfast with a few people that I went to high school with, most had moved back. At the reunion, I was struck by how no one's mannerisms and even basic body shape had changed at all, at least of those that I knew. I didn't know everyone there anyway. But in walking around the neighborhood I grew up in, it was interesting how many things were completely unchanged and how I remembered little details like the cracks in the sidewalks. Other things, however, had changed a lot. All the business on the main street were gone (this was a small town of about 8,000), replaced by big box stores just outside of town. Curiously, there is a big hospitality industry there now. It's turned into something like Breezewood, PA. I have no relatives there now, either. So the place I grew up in just isn't there anymore.
 
The big employer in town 50 years ago was railroad shops, which were moved I think in the late 70s or 80s. They employed about 1,000 men (maybe a few women). I used to think that when it moved away is when the downtown went to pieces. It didn't help but I am now of the opinion that the downtown, such as it was, would still look like it does now because of the big box stores that suck the life out of small businesses. But even then, many of the businesses on the four or five block main business "district" were chains or franchises (like G.C. Murphy and Legget's), so my theory may not hold water.
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I'm old enough to remember a row of shops in the village (Holbury, Hants) consisting of a butcher, green grocer, fish monger, baker, etc where my mother could walk down each day & pick up the necessary stuff for dinner (or tea as we called it). That arrangement of neighborhood shops was the norm then. Pity that now one only see's those kind of specialist shops in affluent neighborhoods. 
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People who go on their ‘holibobs’.

Often the same people who have ‘drinkypoos’.

Grrrr.
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I hate them already!
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Originally posted by Mr Black Mr Black wrote:

People who go on their ‘holibobs’.

Often the same people who have ‘drinkypoos’.

Grrrr.
That's a real thing?
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