Pronunciation Of "baptist"?

#3
Pure laziness... in the south of the U.S. they throw letters in where there are none: "warsh" for "wash" and in the NE of U.S. they omit letters "ga'age" for "garage". Americans say "lader" for "later". A lot of letters get swallowed up in laziness. We be a mixed up folk! :p
 
#7
Pure laziness... in the south of the U.S. they throw letters in where there are none: "warsh" for "wash" and in the NE of U.S. they omit letters "ga'age" for "garage". Americans say "lader" for "later". A lot of letters get swallowed up in laziness. We be a mixed up folk! :p
A bit OT but how different are US accents to you? My UK ears can't tell the much of the US from Canada although there are some things I might hear as Southern US and maybe a gangster (Chicago??) accent on some old films... UK is much smaller but I'd easily know someone form Livepoool area, Midlands (although much to their annoyance can't tell Birmingham from Black Country), NE of England, NW of England (again not being able to pick Lancashire from Yorkshire), etc.. Should be better at it but can sometimes hear S Welsh as opposed to N Welsh, normally N Irish from Southern (which is not the UK but...) Irish (sometimes even detecting a Dublin accent), etc. but I'm pretty hopless elsewhere in the world. Australian vs New Zealand is another I can't hear.

The other side to that one is from my side, I hear US, etc. people commenting on a British accent...
 
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A bit OT but how different are US accents to you? My UK ears can't tell the much of the US from Canada although there are some things I might hear as Southern US and maybe a gangster (Chicago??) accent on some old films... UK is much smaller but I'd easily know someone form Livepoool area, Midlands (although much to their annoyance can't tell Birmingham from Black Country), NE of England, NW of England (again not being able to pick Lancashire from Yorkshire), etc.. Should be better at it but can sometimes hear S Welsh as opposed to N Welsh, normally N Irish from Southern (which is not the UK but...) Irish (sometimes even detecting a Dublin accent), etc. but I'm pretty hopless elsewhere in the world. Australian vs New Zealand is another I can't hear.

The other side to that one is from my side, I hear US, etc. people commenting on a British accent...
Maybe it's because I travel so much, but I can tell someone from many places: the Mid-West, North-East, North (MN, SD and ND) and South, then Chicago, Boston and New York. Lost are California (except for like the vocab', ya know?). I don't know if people in the AZ/NM/Colorado area have an accent, or Washington/Oregon. Then you have the Aussies and the New Zealanders to me are hard to separate. For Canada, Prince Edward Island always say "eh" but then so do the rest of them, except for Quebec, but I can't say I can hear a difference other than their "Canadian". I can hear Londoners, Wales, Scots and Irish. Because of my wife I can hear the 5 major regions of Spain, Puerto Rican from Cubans, Mexicans and then to me I can't separate the South Americans except for Argentina - they have an Italian accent. Wow! I never knew how much I realized I was accustomed to until I started typing!!! :)
 
#13
I think there was a time when I said "bab-tist." Pretty sure. But I have had these accents over time:
First, Californian
Second, Mississippian
Third, Midwestern-southern (mix of MS, Kentucky, and Missouri)
Fourth, Minnesotan (at my request, my first husband helped me gain this one as quickly as possible)
Fifth, Californian-Minnesotan
Sixth, followed by lazy northern westcoaster language -- laziest speakers I know!

I really regret that I lost my Minnesota accent. When I used to sing publicly, because of my MN accent, people would always comment that they could understand my words when I sang.

When I get around southerners, I fall right back into a southern accent. It's embarrassing to enter a conversation with one accent and end it with another.

I recently decided, purposely, to add "y'all" to my vocabulary. It's a salute to my family's roots.
 
#14
Here in Pennsylvania we get all kinds. From the "Yo Adrian!" Philly accent and the NewYawk 'ers to Pennsylvania Dutch that the Amish and Mennonites speak, to Hispanic "Speaktoofastandrunthewordstogether" and hillbilly almost southern drawl. New Englander's take a drive in their "cahs" and then think over something and get an "idear". I have a friend from Minnesota who lives in PA, and one time we were going to a volleyball tournament, and as we were unloading her trunk, and she said to me, "You can take the bayigg." I asked her, "The big what?" She said, "The bayigg, the bayigg.", and pointed to a gym bag. "Ohhh, the bag", I said. She said, "Yes, the bayigg." I laughed, and she thought I was nuts.
 
#15
Ha! Really? Most of the increased syllable words I have run into were southern. Grits, for example are "gree-its." Have a niece who told me about a birdie, using several syllables like this: "bearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-rrrrrrr-dee." It took her no less than several seconds to say the word. I remember politely standing there, waiting for the word to end!