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  •  Roof (5+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, daulton, timmyk, mayim, bushondrugs

    When I was a little kid, I was totally whigged out by the way my friend's dad said the word "roof" - it sounded kind of like "ruff". He was from the midwest somewhere. I thought it was just the strangest thing.

    •  Western New York staters do it that way too. (3+ / 0-)
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      Oaktown Girl, daulton, mayim

      Freaked me out as a kid. Ditto the same effect for the way many Americans pronounce the "l" in calm, unlike my Central Upstate NY pronunciation "kahm" (with a short, nasal "a").

      Politics, please.

      by timmyk on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 01:18:40 PM PST

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    •  It's pronounced "roof" (3+ / 0-)
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      Allogenes, unspeakable, budr

      because of the joke where a guy walks into a bar with a dog. He bets the bartender the dog can talk. "What's on the top of a house?" "Roof!" "How does sandpaper feel?" "Ruff!" Who's the greatest baseball player of all time?" "Roof!"

      The bartender throws them out. The dog looks at the guy and says, "Maybe I should have said Lou Gherig?"

      One of my dad's favorite jokes...I'm sure he's still laughing at it.

      It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

      by sboucher on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 03:37:45 PM PST

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