Regional accents and dialects (Was: The best hard drives??

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Nov 19 16:06:00 CST 2020

>> For a while, I lived near "Bawlmer" (Baltimore)

On Thu, 19 Nov 2020, Liam Proven via cctalk wrote:
> Huh. I did not know Baltimore was not pronounced boll-tea-more.

I was told that the "correct" pronunciation was BAWL-tim-more

Well, admittedly, there was a time half a century ago, when certain forces 
objected to the "MISpronunciation".  Radio staff, in response to the 
pressure, said bawl - TEA-more.

Half a century ago, there were horse drawn rag carts, a lot of cobblestone 
streets, giant mutant rats at the harbor, and major renovation being 
started.  Along route 40, and many other major streets, there were dozens 
of blocks slated for demolition.  They developed a style of their own; 
they took all of the doors from inside a condemned group of houses and 
nailed those together to make a fence.  So, there would be block after 
block of multicolored door-fence from street corner to street 
corner, punctuated at intervals by marble doorsteps.
I have heard that the harbor is now a tourist destination; that probably 
includes a reduction of the rat population.

Long Island (NY) was pronounced Lawn-GUY-land

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