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'Merican English and English English

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by telefunken, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. Ricky D.

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    And we kicked Cornwallis's butt at Yorktown, so we don't have to pay any attention to the nitpicking from across the water.
     
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    Indian food is delicious

    Then why does it smell so bad?
     
  3. telefunken

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    HeHe:D
     
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    Err.. This thread is an American nitpicking about British English.:neutral:
     
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    Not so much nitpicking just curious. I ask the same question to my wife who's Mexican and the way some(Spanish speakers, i.e. her mom and dad) exchange the "V' and "B" in the same sentence. Yet they can pronounce the B but use a V and vice versa.
     
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    some in the American South do the same thing. ie: "nothing could be finah than to be in Caroliner"
     
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    Yes, and some people intentionally pronounced that guy's name incorrectly as well to annoy him even more. It's all in the details.
     
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    Sorry BigDaddyLH, maybe I just haven't had the right stuff!

    I used to stop at a little place owned by an Indian guy who cooked fried chicken really good, but I don't know if you could call that Indian food, or not.
     
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    My friend's mom (first-generation Japanese-American, though she has been in America for over forty years) does the same thing with certain letters.
     
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    What words came after "China"? Sometimes it affects the end of the "a" sound.

    Many Australians, for example, will say "Lore and Awe-da" (kind of) instead of Law and Order. They add a rolled "r" to the end of "Law" and leave out the "r" sound at the end of order. (Frankly, I can't figure out how to spell the first syllable in Order so that North Americans will get it.)

    Anyway, if a word like "law" is followed by "and," they will often add a rolled "r" to "law," making it "lore." Perhaps that's what happened with "the water in China."

    Accents are wacky, and fun.
     
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    I always get picked on by my wife (Canadian) when I say, "I saw it."

    I sore rit.
     
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    I know. I just found his comment quite inappropriate, especially considering the thread wasn't even about Brits being critical of American English.

    Britain has incredibly diverse regional accents, given its size. You could visit one town, then drive 30mins to the next and find everyone speaks with a very different accent. Because of this, people will often pick up bits and pieces from other accents/dialects that work their way into everyday speech, so sometimes it can cause these kinds of pronunciation anomalies.
     
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    YES! That's what I'm talking about.

    It's like the two words just roll into one. Perhaps the "aw" sound doesn't lend itself well to a transition to an open vowel, and so, over time the "r" sound has been added to make the words flow a little easier. It's like the Canadian pronunciation of "mountain" - mouhn'n. Ask her to say "Grouse Mountain looks really nice." :D
     
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    I got a kick out of Crocodile Dundee trying to say "Bra" in the movie where his wife/girlfriend is supposed to take her bra off for some brainstorm hes got (I've had similar brainstorms) it came out, brawrrrrr. Something like that. Say, that guy might actually be from Georgia!
     
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    JagUar? Go jag yerself! its Jag-gWahrr
     
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    Because that's the way "V" and "B" work in Spanish.
     
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    Not to mention "nucular"
     
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    I had next-door neighbors growing up that were wonderful salt-of-the-earth people. Childless; themselves, they doted on my little brother and myself; we two being the youngest of 4 siblings. The lady was a retired RN, who had served the Oldest Doctor in town that I would have known of... He brought me into this world.

    She made house calls with him in a buggy in all weather in the 20's - 40's.
    She had some really interesting tales and was far from an unintelligent woman. She also kept the most wonderful garden I ever saw.

    In her later years, after he husband had passed, she traveled a lot...
    Among the places she often visited was Ha-wi-yer... I never could get over that! :lol:

    I; too, have found whatever that regional accent amoung the English is, to be most interesting, as it so jarring, to hear someone speaking in such a raised pinky fashion, to suddenly pronounce a word; ending in a short "a", with "er"! :lol:
     
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    Any nation that needs the French to win their wars for them is not going to end up speaking properly.
     
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