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  •  Long ago, my grandfather could tell you ... (8+ / 0-)

    ...by their accent the county somebody was from in Georgia and most of Alabama.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 09:09:28 AM PDT

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    •  During the Battle of the Bulge many soldiers (9+ / 0-)

      got separated from their units. With Otto Skorzeny infiltrating SS troops behind the lines in American uniforms who spoke acceptable American English to move road signs (& possibly to assassinate generals), every such soldier was dragged back to HQ for close interrogation.

      One legendary encounter went something like this:

      The soldier, who said he was from the 29th division, was interrogated by a young lieutenant while a major from Intelligence sat listening on the far side of a partition.

      The lieutenant opened the questioning with "Where are you from, Private?"

      He replied, "Bawlmer Merlin."

      "That's enough," the major called out. "Send him back to his unit."

      "But I just started! How do you know he's one of ours?"

      The major, who happened to be from Maryland, said, "No one could fake that accent--because no one outside of Baltimore knows it exists."

      The greatest trick the GOP ever played was convincing the devil they had a soul to sell.

      by Uncle Cosmo on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 09:56:12 AM PDT

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      •  like Mwakee Sconsin... (3+ / 0-)
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        Anytime anyone tells me they're from "Milwaukee" (with the "l" sounded) my BS detector goes to "high".

        •  And then there are those who overcorrect (2+ / 0-)
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          Family spoke Polish and English.  Proper English very, very important.  So I pronounce the L in Milwaukee.  I also try not to pronounce "the" as "te" or "tuh."  However, I am sure that lots of other Wiscisms get past my internal editor!

      •  Roger That. (3+ / 0-)
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        There is no Maryland accent of which I'm aware. As a native Baltimoran, I can definitely tell you there's a whole lexicon that's foreign to anyone else.

        Ask this Tea Bagger to say "police." If it comes out poh' lice you know you've got a Baltimoran.

        The sun sets at dust.
        You step off a curv.
        There are four tars on your car.

        •  Bawlmer Merlin is the only place in the multiverse (0+ / 0-)

          where you mow your lawn by starting up your paramour...:D

          The greatest trick the GOP ever played was convincing the devil they had a soul to sell.

          by Uncle Cosmo on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 04:10:59 PM PDT

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        •  I don't know about the rest, but "POH-leece" ... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...in not exclusive to Baltimore. This first-syllable emphasis is common vernacular throughout the South by people of all colors for lots of words—HO-tel, MU-se-um—but the origin of that usage in English lies in the languages of West Africa where so many slaves were kidnapped from.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 09:12:30 PM PDT

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