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Old 08-08-2007, 12:09 PM   #21
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I spent some time living in Norfolk, VA, when I was young and my father was in the US Navy. They called it "soda", if I remember right. When we moved here to OK, people called it "pop".

The term "pop" comes from when carbonated beverages first began to appear on the market, in glass jars with a levered closed. When you opened it, it would "pop".

My grandparents did refer to the the refrigerator as an "icebox".

Most older folks call the "fridge" an "icebox", because at the turn of the 20th century, most folks had primitive refrigerator that had a large block of ice in top, that cooled the entire "icebox", and had a drip pan that had to be emptied regularly.

I have some pictures of both Alligator-nosed gar, and Needle-nosed gar. The alligator-nosed is one I got off the internet a few years ago, and has a snout that is broad and flat, like a gator's snout. The needle-nosed gas a smaller, narrow snout like what has already been posted. The two pictures I have I took at a spot here in Tulsa when the Arkansas River was up a month or so ago from all the rain we got this spring. I took about 97 pics, and had two that were really good, when the 5' long fish holding their heads out of the water.

Most folks here have a distinctively different accent that what is considered typically "Southern". Probably the only really interesting is how we pronounce "wash" as "warsh". Heck, I've even seen people use their fingers to trace the words "warsh me" in the dust on the back of someone's car.

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Old 08-08-2007, 12:19 PM   #22
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I have had friends that NEVER lived in the south use the term "warsh". I think the southern accent that has been depicted here is a bit "extreme" and not the typical - but it certainly is used by some. There are several distinct accents depending on a lot of things, that I won't get into here. But I swear - those Canadians are sooooooo hard to understand (Hey Alix, how's your roast cookin'? - )

One of the phrases that I thought was interesting was when a neighbor was telling me his uncle came over last night - he used the term "My uncle came of the night".

Well, I'm going to use the term - "I've got to go to work" - but I think that term is universal and pronounced pretty much the same everywhere!


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Old 08-08-2007, 12:29 PM   #23
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There are several distinct accents depending on a lot of things, that I won't get into here. But I swear - those Canadians are sooooooo hard to understand (Hey Alix, how's your roast cookin'? - )
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OK folks, my two cents is that people get pretty irritated when other people start saying things about their "accent" and won't let up. I know it makes me mental when people I have never met tell me I must say things a certain way. So, this thread is staying nice but be aware some of us are sensitive creatures. (KE, ha ha...you have to work and I don't! )
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:30 PM   #24
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Ever hear of a frappe?
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:20 PM   #25
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I have, but have never had one ! They sound good though .

In Mi. we all say pop or by the name. Hubby says warsh (drives me crazy). My niece who only lives about 90 miles south of us in Ohio, always teases me about my Mi. accent and I hers ! She always says - Aunt Barb says "Ohioo", they say "Ohi-ah" !!
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:45 PM   #26
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I get a kick out the accents of the people around the North Dakota area. Maybe Wisconsin, too.

Like in the move "Fargo". Like the character "Mrs. Pool" on that old Sandy Dennis sitcom.

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Old 08-08-2007, 01:47 PM   #27
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I first heard of frappes when I lived in MA. I moved from Houston to a rather small town that seemed to be built around a junior college, which I lived across the street from. It was sort of a culture shock and big city vs. small town shock. I was at the White Hen Pantry one night (the only thing open after 9) and ran into a security guard from the college. He was bored and started talking about the really rowdy bunch of students they had that year. Dying to hear about anything interesting in town, I asked him what sort of things these bad kids were doing. He was really outraged because some of them kept putting potato chips in the frappe machines and it made a big mess and put the machines out of commission for a while! Everyone in that town also seemed to call cokes "pop". They also called anything in the basement "down cellar". I also went ot my first Irish wake there and wow, it was sure different from funerals and the like here in Texas!
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:00 PM   #28
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I'm a Florida native, born and bred within 35 miles of where I now live and I have never heard most of what I've read here about the way Southern people talk.
That's because you have to go north from Florida to get to the South

Try this, y'all: Are You a Yankee or a Rebel? - alphaDictionary * Southern Accent Test

I was born in VA, but moved to MI at two and a half and lived there till age 22. Then DH and I moved to Norfolk (yes, he was in the Navy) and have lived there and next door in Portsmouth ever since. Yes, they do call it soda here; so do we now

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Old 08-08-2007, 02:08 PM   #29
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Wah-Hoo! Long live the mutha' land!

My results: 84% Dixie. Do you still use Confederate money?
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:12 PM   #30
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That test brought up a few interesting questions. As young and rowdy teenagers (especially the boys I imagine), did you ever use toilet paper to “decorate" someone’s yard.....or have you at least heard of doing such? What was it called? Down here, we called it “Rolling”.

Also, the test mentioned a Drive-Thru Liquor Store! What the heck is that? I want one!!!! Where are those located?

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