Today I received notification through LinkedIN that Gloria Todor has been with ActiveRain for 12 years. Although I have known Gloria for a long time on AR, I had no idea she was here since the 4th year after AR began.
If you didn't read Yous Guys Must Be From Delaware County PA it's quite entertaining! I had to laugh because a short while ago, I came home from a Title Company talking to an Escrow Officer (who I never met before) to discuss business for an upcoming closing. She pinpointed what part of the country I came from because of my accent.
Accent? Honestly, I don't think I have an accent at all but that's my opinion! For those who don't know this, I'm not originally from TX. This got me thinking. What exactly is an accent and how is it different from one part of the country to another? I'm guessing it has a lot to do with the environment where you grew up, how you pronounce certain words, your intonation, your age, and where you were educated. Gloria wrote a a refreshing blog post on this subject. If you don't know Gloria, please get to know her! I will disable comments to myself and would appreciate if you liked it, to communicate directly with Gloria on her Blog.
Although I don't have Cable or HBO, and I didn't see the series, "The Mare in Eastown," perhaps Gloria's post may be of interest to you and you may strike up a conversation with Gloria to hear this accent she has from Delaware County!
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 Murder Durder. 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.
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