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

Bill Gunshannon bill.gunshannon at
Thu Nov 19 17:14:12 CST 2020

On 11/19/20 5:06 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:
>>> 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

If you want a real hoot, try listening to some Old Time Radio.

In Gunsmoke:  Arkansas == ARE-can-sass
In most detective programs until at least the late
50's:  Los Angeles == LAS ahn-gall-lees

And let's not forget Kato, the Green Hornets faithful val-let.

English always was and still is a very fluid language.


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