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snowywolfowl
Dec. 7th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Is that actually how Pittsburghers speak? Interesting. I've never heard that accent before, but then again I wonder if their is some exaggeration here.
bonnie_halfelvn
Dec. 7th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
It's pretty accurate. Some have it stronger than others.

I am not originally from this area, so it took some getting used to.

Most "Pittsburghese" originated in 19th century England. The phrase "redd up" appears in "Jane Eyre," though its meaning has changed slightly. It means "tidy up." Short for "ready up." In the book, it referred to a person (Mr. Rochester); in Pittsburgh, it always refers to a place - house, room, closet, etc.

The accent and most phrases are unique to the greater Pittsburgh area.
snowywolfowl
Dec. 8th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Suddenly all those questions about where in California I live make sense, which is hilarious considering I've never even been to Thunder Bay.
bonnie_halfelvn
Dec. 8th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
California is said to have no accent, which is why you may be getting that.

I only notice certain words pronounced differently by some Canadians.
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