a strong “o” vowel
Coming home is always a little of a culture shock especially when it comes to the warm-hearted and welcoming Wisconsin accent. While home, I embrace this dialect, as it is my mother tongue.
Being in DC has allowed me to create a totally new speech pattern. This new speech pattern ensures I will be made fun of when I make the journey back to Wisconsin.
Living beneath the Mason-Dixon Line, I’ve learned that “y’all” is a proper way to address a group more than three people, a craw daddy is a delicacy, and you always talk slow. Now being from the Midwest, I grew up addressing groups as “you guys”, drove on frontage roads and always asked for the direction of the bubbler when I needed to quench my thirst. Now maybe it’s where you grew up and definitely how you are taught, but I welcome these American-English dialects with open arms.
Hearing someone pronounce bagel, warms my heat. My soul smiles when I can ask someone for a soda and they know exactly what I am talking about. I love the common understanding of a lightening bug.
Dialects are important to our melting pot of American culture, and I for one love it. Take this quiz from the NYT. Based on how you pronounce a few words, and what you call things. This quiz will generate three places of where you got your dialect from and I bet that where you grew up will be in your top three. I can’t wait to hear about your results and if they are accurate or not.