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    Default Philadelphia Accents

    I know it used to be a thread about it, but I'll just open a new one.

    Heard this guy on the Preston and Steve show, pretty funny:

    YouTube - Philly Tawk: The Phluphian Dialect

    What do you think, is it spot on?

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    His blog http://phillytawk.blogspot.com/
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    I think he hams it up in the video just a little bit.

    And the word "Philadelphia" phoneticized in the dialect is "Fluffyia"


    Wooder is the word most people associate with the accent, but I've found the best words that only Philly accent pronounces in a truly unique way is...

    bad (byeeahd)
    ham (hyeeahm)
    radiator (RAH-dee-ay-der)
    off (awwwf!)

    oh yeah and "on" (awn) as in, awning... which is found on a true Philadelphian's rowhome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MayfairMeat View Post
    Wooder is the word most people associate with the accent, but I've found the best words that only Philly accent pronounces in a truly unique way is...

    radiator (RAH-dee-ay-der)
    As a transplant I can say that these are the two I found most jarring.
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    hoagie (hay-oh-gie)
    no (nay-oh)

    It's the whole extra sylable thing that weirds me out. Ac-a-me? How do you figure?

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    Gas pronounced "gaz."
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    The segment they had with him on the P and S show was pretty funny, he would spell out the words and they would try to guess them.

    FRODDY = Friday

    IGGLE = Eagle

    BAFFROOM = Bathroom

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    For whatever reason the thing that always strikes me the most (after the obvious "wooder" and "downashore") is "schreet". As in I live off of 6th Schreet or Former Mayor Schreet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zep View Post
    As a transplant I can say that these are the two I found most jarring.
    I can jar you wit a broken bottle too.
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    I've lived here long enough now that I don't notice these things as much as I used to, but I remember being amused and confused at hearing "crown" for "crayon."

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    There is a Philadelphia writer named Clark DeLeon who used to write fantastic columns, many about the accent. They were spot on. The video has a lot of Clark's observations on it.

    And, Jason and Meat, what you describe is absolutely correct. Philadelphians take simple vowels (one sound) and turn them into diphthongs (2 sounds). Kills my ears. /f/ for /t/ is pretty widespread here too. bafroom, baftub, etc.

    Don't forget "lieberry"- where you borrow books.

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    In college a friend of mine's girlfriend couldn't stand the fact I'd call her "Shurri"??! (As in hurry). She liked it pronounced more like "Cher" or "Share-E" like the old Franky Avalon or whoever song "Sherri".

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMama View Post
    Philadelphians take simple vowels (one sound) and turn them into diphthongs (2 sounds). Kills my ears. /f/ for /t/ is pretty widespread here too. bafroom, baftub, etc.
    I hear "birfday" all the time here too.

    I have a very good friend, a lifelong Philadelphian, who, though well-educated, never fails to puts two syllables in the word mine, pronouncing it "my-yen."
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    I remember growing up and my dad would pronounce window as "winda"

    "shut that winda! It's cold in here."
    He was wearing my Harvard tie. Can you believe it? My Harvard tie. Like oh, sure he went to Harvard.

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    I pronounce water like WOOD-ER.

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    Here's a good article from the City Paper. Wooder, Shtreet, tale (towel) are some of the ones I can't shake.

    http://citypaper.net/articles/081497/article008.shtml

    The thing I can't stand is when people say laig (leg) or aig (egg).

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    Oh and I can't forget crik! My personal favorite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMaestro View Post
    Oh and I can't forget crik! My personal favorite!
    Crik isn't a Phillyism, though. I'm from upstate Western NY, and I grew up next to "Murder Crik".

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    Quote Originally Posted by guzzijason View Post
    Crik isn't a Phillyism, though. I'm from upstate Western NY, and I grew up next to "Murder Crik".

    __Jason

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    Anyone ever wonder where our accent comes from? My theory is that we're subject to consistent congestion from the Pollen Belt and forces us to not exhale through our nasal passage when speaking. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzles View Post
    Anyone ever wonder where our accent comes from? My theory is that we're subject to consistent congestion from the Pollen Belt and forces us to not exhale through our nasal passage when speaking. Thoughts?
    I've wondered if the Philly treatment of vowels is some kind of relic of the German umlaut influence.

 

 

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