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#1 9 years ago

Awesome guy, but jum, I gotta ask... Do you have this accent too? Holy Shnikees!!!! His name is Rhett! :rofl: rhett1.jpg




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#2 9 years ago

I worked for a while in Birmingham but the accent didn't bother me that much. Probably because you can hardly complain if you're talking with a German accent.




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#3 9 years ago

LOL That is true! I have a middle of the road kind... Philly people look at me funny like Im from the woods, Woods people think Im from Philly... heh.




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#4 9 years ago

What accent? ;) Besides Rhett Butler sounds like he's from Ohio or Illinois - definitely not from the South. This is closer to how Rhett should sound from Charleston, South Carolina: YouTube - jimmy saying hi to ashley in South Carolina Charleston

There are all kinds of "Alabama accents", and even more "Southern accents"; seems we did a thread on it, and IIRC I did a typical Jummy MegaPost ™ (Oh, not so bad I see: http://forums.filefront.com/fh-off-topic/354797-distinction-between-american-southern-accents.html)

As I mentioned there is one distinguishing part of an Alabamian's speech which can pretty much tell you whether he came from northern and industrial parts of Alabama, or from the southern and more rural parts of Alabama: how "R" is pronounced. The "whang-ier" the r is (like Levon Helm sounds -"aarrruurrrr" ) then the more likely he's from the northern part of the state toward the Appalachians. A North Alabamian pronounces "corner" as "ko-uhr-nur".

But if an r sounds like "aaahhhhuhhh", then it's a good bet he's from South Alabama. South Alabamians pronounce the word "corner" as "kah-nuh"

Here's Alabama's current governor, Bob Riley, who has a fairly typical north Alabama accent (Birmingham is in north central Alabama) YouTube - Governor Bob Riley on Hurricane Gustav He's pretty much got that "arrrruurrr" sound.

For contrast here's a soft "South Alabama" sound form Kathryn Tucker Windham, a 90-year-old storyteller/writer from near Selma, Alabama, with the soft "aaahhhhuhh" sound: YouTube - Kathryn Tucker Windham on Alabama's Ghost Trail - Part 1 I hope you can hear the difference.




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#5 9 years ago

Sounds like the Governor! Nice to see someone other than a east coast guy hustling like he did. The guy was ready to do some work, was totally interested, dare I say more than me! Often times its hard for us ec people to conversate with the rest of the world! We are in some other gear, but this guy came ready to get 'er dun! Its funny, that. During my stint in CO, I really was between a rock and a hard place. No one except for my friends understood my humor. You know the sound a needle makes when it scratches off the side of the record? Yeah, I think I heard that during a party when I heard someone ask how to get rid of an old fridge. I said, "Throw it in the back of my truck and well go dump it in the Indian Reservation!". Holy crap I think they saw horns coming out of my ears. Totally joking mind you, and my friends were in stitches. The PC speak was madness. I cant handle that, and I start saying stuff like that to see what happens, never good!