I have to admit I am enjoying all the talk and attention being given to Delaware County PA as a result of the HBO series Mare of Easttown. From interviews with Kate Winslet, to articles online, my county has gained some recognition because of how we locals talk!
It is interesting to me to listen to linguistics on the radio explain how certain sounds come out of certain areas and why, and fun to hear non locals try to say and capture the feel of this area, like SNL’s Murdur Durdur. The Delaware County sound also extends into Philadelphia and into Montgomery County PA where I grew up.
The first time my accent was fully pointed out to me was during a conference I attended in college, I was in South Carolina at a textile mill. I spoke for a few minutes in front of a group of other attendees and the proctor said after I finished, “gosh I have to admit, I could not help but listen to your accent”.
Later when I lived on the west coast, I forced myself to say “waater”, instead of “wooder”. It was a word that was always questioned when I asked for water at a restaurant.
Well just so yous guys know, the accent of this area is one of the many things that makes living in Delaware County that much more endearing.
Ya know, when you visit Delco hon, be sure to visit a local Wawa, since it’s the birthplace of Wawa, and while your at it, g’head and have a hoagie, the rolls are the best around!
Thank you SNL for the use of this video.