October 13, 2011

Swistle Accent Vlog

FINE. GEEZ!

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I wish it had included the words people remark on my pronunciation of: comfortable (which I say as four syllables: com-for-ta-ble, not comf-ter-ble) and always (which I say OH-wees, to Paul's unceasing amusement).

Here are the notes:

Say the following words:
Aunt, route, wash, oil, theatre, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught

And answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

66 comments:

Sally said...

I am LOVING people's accent vlogs. Also, I think anyone who marries someone who says "pop" and doesn't mock them for it forever is a better person than I am.

Karly said...

That was fun!

And I totally say everything like you, except for New Orleans. That's New OrlEEns.

el-e-e said...

Eeeee! I've been listening to these all morning, and here you are! I don't know why but I'm LOVING these. Unsure if I'll be brave enoughl, myself.

I think you have no accent at all, except "cray-en." Hee hee. CUTE!

Denise V. said...

I love these. Before I listened to this, I thought I had a pretty good idea of where you lived...now I've changed my mind because you don't sound like what I expected! You have a very nice voice, by the way.

Amanda said...

Oooh fun. I haven't seen this meme yet. I guess I'm reading the wrong blogs.

I just knew we'd say words the same as I think you currently live where I am originally from.

Elizabelle said...

Love! You sound like you're 25! I always imagined your voice to be almost British and kind of gently authoritative. I say almost everything the same except I always say aunt like ont, bc I'm originally from Massachusetts.

Mimi said...

It's so good to see another CAR-mel sayer... all I've seen are people saying CARE-amel.
:)

saly said...

CUTE!! You sound as I thought you would...and there is nothing wrong with saying pop.

Swistle said...

Mimi- Jonniker is another CAR-mel!

Saly- Certainly not! *shifty eyes* *suppressed amusement*

Beylit said...

This is fun. It is interesting to hear how people say different things. I fear that I have had too many years of dialect training to sound like myself or anything in particular. I am highly influenced by anyone I am listening to when I am speaking. For example my husband is from New Orleans, and while I used to say it New Or-lens, I now say it Naw'Lens, because that is how he says it.

jen(melty) said...

I want you to come over and chat with me hehehe!

Mama Bub said...

You did it! And you sound like I imagined you, which is really the first time that has happened with these accent vlogs!

Slim said...

I'm impressed by the people who only have one way of pronouncing "caramel." I say "carmel popcorn" but "care-a-mel macchiato."

My husband used to live in NO, and he pronounces it New Orlee-ins. Does anyone else on the planet do that?

Lara said...

I love these! I've only seen a few but you are the first who says pajamas like I do - everyone else says paJAHmas, I think we say it more like paJAmas. I also notice in all the ones I've seen that most American's (hmm, that's an over generalization but I've only seen them done by Americans - haven't seen a Canadian one yet)..where was I? Right. Most Americans say mahanaise, whereas I say mayonnaise (which is why I say I don't HAVE an accent, ha!)

Also, does NO ONE down there call them running shoes? I don't say sneakers or gym shoes - we just say running shoes. Now I'm wondering if that's a Canadian thing too.

You have less of an accent than I had imagined, which is true of all the videos I've watched - interesting!!

Lawyerish said...

I love this. I also love how you weren't sure with "pecan." I am that way about almost all of those words because I have lived in too many disparate places.

Now I think I may have to do this, too. Dangit.

M.Amanda said...

I love this kind of stuff. I pronounce nearly everything the same way you do, including switching between ant and awnt depending how the people I'm speaking with say it. I do the same with rowt and root.

I also pronounce comfortable the same, but I'm the only person I know personally who has done so. Everyone else says comf-ter-ble, which drives me batty.

Where I live, we get some southern accents mixed in with the midwest accents and it's not unusual to hear "warsh," "rune," "probly," "sher" or "sody pop."

Caitlin said...

SWISTLE!!! I am loving this! You sound both different than I expected and EXACTLY as I might expect. You have such a nice soothing voice.

I am so glad you did this! SO GLAD!!

Caitlin said...

Also feeling mildly smug that my twitter bullying worked, if we're being honest.

-R- said...

You are the first person who sounded exactly like I thought you would. I love it!

Before I knew the general area where you live, I always thought you lived in St. Louis. Although I could still be totally wrong about where you live. Who knows. Well, you do. Ok, ending comment... NOW.

Misty said...

AHHHHHH!!!! Could you be just a little bit more adorable? Love! Love! Love!

Your speaking voice is identical to the CPA I work with. It is freaking uncanny. This is hella fun. Very very excited.

Cayt said...

You have an even nicer voice than I was expecting. That's nice.

I'm really tempted to do this. Does anyone care how an English girl living in Scotland with lots of American friends says words?

Rachel said...

Yes! Do it Cayt!

el-e-e said...

ooh, yes, seconding Rachel, do it Cayt! :)

and for Slim, my mom had New Orleans relatives and she pronounces it like your husband. New Orlee-ins.

Melinda said...

You don't have an accent...you talk exactly like I do! The soda/pop thing is interesting--I now call it soda, but I grew up (here in the Pacific Northwest) calling it pop. Once I went away to school on the east coast, I very quickly learned that pop was NOT the appropriate name and switched to soda. I still say soda, but everyone in my family and my local friends say pop.

Tara said...

I love the Jonna says so it is... :)

Jenny said...

You should add "sandwich" to your list of words to say. Do people say it sandwich or samwich or sammich? Or grinder or hoagie or horseshoe?

I love this stuff.

Nicole said...

You have a great voice, and you show very well on video! Also you have fabulous skin.

I've always called it "pop" - I thought it was a Canadian thing. I never say sneakers, always runners.

Carmen said...

Oh, it's fun to hear your voice.

I'm with you on almost all of those, including pajamas (hey @Lara!) and especially a four-syllable comfortable. But people, it's "care-ah-mel". There's a second 'a' in there for a reason! :) I have learned that many many people know & use 'sun shower', which I have never heard prior to this vlog going around.

It's interesting that no one has sounded quite like I think they do; also, no one really has a accent to my ears either. I do wonder about spitting image. I'm not sure how one would say that differently.

Stacie said...

This was so fun! I love how you say Crayon like "cran" and not "cray-on". It has been a constant source of pointing and laughing in my neck of the woods. I say it like you, but I guess we're in the minority.

A quick story about the pop vs soda thing...my sister went to college in GA where people ask, "Would you like a Coke?" and when you say yes they ask, "What kind?" Apparently "Coke" is their version of soda or pop. Sis had a hard time getting used to that.

Alice said...

yay! SO FUN!

we say a lot of things very similarly (i am also a northerner) but i also double-pronounce a LOT of words, now that i live on the cusp of north & south east coast. so i say both "PEE-can" and "puh-CAHN" depending on who i'm talking to / what i'm talking about (it's always "PEE-can pie" for example).

these are so fun!

Swistle said...

Caitlin- It DID. It DID work. I had NO PLAN to EVER do a vlog, but then I was (almost verbatim): "FINE."

Nik-Nak said...

First and foremost you are SO lucky that I already loved you before I heard this because I absolutely cannot be friends with anyone who says "pop". My grandaddy would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that!!

Hehehheee just kidding (sort of)

You sound (forgive me for saying this) so YANKIFIED!


I really need to figure out how to do a vlog because I feel like ya'll all need some southern in your lives :)
LOVED IT!

lifeofadoctorswife said...

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! It is so very fun to see all these bloggers I adore in video! How cool!

You have such a lovely voice, by the way. And I loved the way you read the word while looking straight at the camera. I agree with Nicole, too - you are great on camera.

I wish "poor" were on the list of words. And "creek." My husband and I say both words VERY differently. (He says "pooooor" with a long "oo" and I say "pore." He says "creeeeek" and I say "crick.")

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L said...

Oops, posted as my sister. I love this! That is all.

d e v a n said...

Yay! So glad you did this!

Leah said...

I'm from the south, but more of the mid-south as opposed to the deep south if that makes sense. Anyway, since people who lived farther south than us have a thicker southern accent, as a child I wrongly assumed that I didn't have an accent at all. And then I went to college in Canada. Where I was mocked MERCILIOUSLY for my southern accent. I just chalked it up to the fact that almost any American sounds different than a Canadian. Then I came home for Christmas. I was BLOWN AWAY by the accents here. It was so comical! Like being trapped on the set of Steel Magnolias. Everyone had such cheesy southern accents. I just had no idea. I've been back for almost 10 years now and I can't hear anyone's accent anymore so I assume my accent is back. But I will never forget hearing all my friends and family's accents for the first time.

Heather R said...

I am not sure how long you lived in the mid-west, but I can hear some of that influence in your vowels. You sound a little like you are from Minnesota or Wisconsin:)

Gaby said...

Swistle! You are the first person I have ever heard pronounce crayon as "cran," just like I do! Hurray! I get teased quite a bit for this, so I'm happy to know I'm not the only one out there.

Superjules said...

Your voice is soothing.

Read me bedtime stories?

kate said...

I love this! I love these vlogs so much that I did one myself and I hate videos of myself.

I had no idea until I started watching this but somewhere my brain decided you had a thick Minnesota accent which clearly don't. I have no idea why I would have thought that.

Leeann said...

This was fun to watch. I love the way you sound but I like the way you look even better. You have a wonderful presence. I've decided in real life I would probably scare you. I'm one of those boisterous laugher types and you seem very calm. :-)

BTW, you wanna hear something really creepy? My mom was born in Alabama and grew up in Georgia (no, that's not the creepy part, don't flame me!) Anyway, when SHE was growing up, if it was sunny and raining they would say "The Devil is Beating His Wife." Ugh! For real! So she would say it to me when I was growing up and I was always upset about it. "BUT WHY? WHAT DID SHE DO? MAKE HIM STOP!!"

You'll be happy to know that I have not said it to MY kids. Well, I TOLD them that was what was said to me and how it freaked me out but yeah, with me that oh-so-lovely Southern spelling has died out.

PS- like Kate above ^^, I also pictured you having a Minnesotan/Iowan accent. I love that accent!

Sarah said...

Man, maybe I need to do one of these. I am loving everyone else's so much. You DO sound less, I don't know, British-y than I was imagining, though I CANNOT EXPLAIN why I always think of you as being British-y even though I have been reading you for six years and know perfectly well where you're from.
Also, is it just me, or does pretty much EVERYONE say certain things the same way? I am not, for example, hearing anyone call long legged spiders anything other than a Daddy Long Legs. Or a remote anything other than a remote. I've heard OLDER people call it a "clicker" before, but is that just a generational thing, perhaps, more than regional?

Sam said...

I love it! I so want to do one, too, and then everyone can laugh at my Southern accent. You are just as Swistle-y as I imagined.

samantha said...

I hear a little Minnesota in there. Just a smidge and only sometimes.

Your voice is very comforting. I'd like you to read me a bedtime story.

Ms. Key said...

So awesome! You don't have an accent for the words you're supposed to say, and yet you have a slight mid-west/Chicago style accent when you're speaking normally while answering the questions. You have a lovely speaking voice!

It's interesting... I was reading the list thinking of my answers, and hilariously... I went to say "soda" for the "bubbly drink"... but I'm Canadian, and I DEFINITELY say "pop" here.... and sometimes "soda pop". I found it intriguing that my automatic response was "soda" when I don't even call it that -- like knowing I was reading an American's blog made me say it.

I tend to call gym shoes "running shoes" or "runners"... another Canadian thing, I wonder?

This is so neat! I'd do it, but I've made my new blog more anon. and don't really want to post a video of myself. Maybe I'll do just a voice post, though... intriguing!!!

Ms. Key said...

Ok, I did it, just as a voice post. Here's a link to mine!

http://outofgoldstars.blogspot.com/2011/10/accents-vlog-as-voice-blog-not-video.html

DomestiKook said...

OmEmGee you are two steps beyond adorable. I watched that TWICE. I think the only words I say totally differently are route, crayon and coupon. I pronounce them like rowte, cray-on and coop-on. I'm from Los Angeles. You have a very mixed accent, I like it. I think I hear a Wisconinish in there somewhere. :)

Rah said...

You do have a beautiful voice, Swistle. And you have a very distinctive accent--to my ears. Michigan? I love hearing accents from different places. Thanks for sharing.

Sara said...

it is Com-for-ta-ble isn't it?! It's not letting me watch the video. Wah! will try again later!

Kathy said...

You and Jonniker totally inspired me to do my own accent vlog! It's loading now!

This was just so much fun!

I would really have liked to hear you say 'OHwees'. One of the professors at the college where I work says 'OW-uhz' and I'd never heard 'always' pronounced any other way before I met him.

Slim said...

WHERE IS CAYT'S VLOG? I feel as though she promised to do one. Doesn't everyone else?

When people say "running shoes," I think they're talking about a special pair of sneakers that they wear only for running. Which is to say, we use the term, but in a specialized sense. (My brother's a runner, so maybe that's why?)

SIL Anna said...

OHHH, cute swistle!

(I know that was not the intention of the post, but still: CUTE.)

Lippy said...

You are so cute! I couldn't hear some because Yo Gabba Gabba is so loud. I will listen again during naptime. This is much more interesting to watch than I would have originally thought.

Lise said...

Two things:

1.) You don't have an accent. . . you talk just like me. Heh. And
2.) You have an incredible air of niceness and friendishness. (Different from friendly, meaning open and outgoing. More that people meeting you would immediately want to be your friend.)

Jenny said...

You have such a pretty voice!

Heather said...

Your voice is so nice! It's really quite soothing! I just did mine if you want to hear my kiwi (New Zealand) accent:

http://heathersdailylife.blogspot.com/2011/10/accent-vlog.html

Christina said...

I thought for sure you were also from Michigan (like me) until you said soda! You said everything the same as we do here, with that one exception!

Doing My Best said...

You have SUCH a nice voice! (And you are as beautiful as ever!)

But wait! I thought you were a shy, nervous-in-people-situations person; how are you so CALM and CONFIDENT in your vlog! You don't look like you are dying of embarassment AT ALL! What's your secret =)?

Swistle said...

Doing My Best- Ha ha! It's because I'm ALL ALONE IN THE ROOM! It SEEMS like I'm talking to other people---but they aren't actually THERE!

Mrs. Irritation said...

I'm such a dork, I've been saving this to watch when no one was around and I could watch as loud as I want, uninterrupted, without someone saying "what's that??"

You sound just as adorable as I thought you would. I've never even heard of a sun shower until these started. & does anyone say anything other than "tp'ing" a house?

cestlavietlb said...

Eee! SO cool :) Thanks for doing this! I really must get on and do one...

Cayt said...

Okay, I did it. It's loading now. Slim, el-e-e, Rachel, it's there.

Magic27 said...

Yup, you inspired me (well, you and Temerity Jane, actually). I don't know if Cayt from earlier in the comments did hers, but I've done mine: a British person (Scottish mother, English father) who's been living in France since 1992... I don't think I have an accent, but I guess I'll sound British to everyone else!
http://magical27.blogspot.com/2011/10/accent.html

may said...

Hey! That was fun! How cute are you?? And I'm surprised that we say so many things differently! Maybe it's because you're too far south for me. : ) I think you should do vlogs more often. I wanted more commentary. Anyway, good job! : )

barb said...

does no one else say TENNIS SHOES? actually, we usually shorten i to tennies. Kansas girl born and bred -- where the noon meal is DINNER and the evening meal is SUPPER.