SAWFT WAWM DAWGIE

Pronounce the AW sound in each of these words as you would in the word SAW. There you have it. Yes, it is a SOFT WARM DOGGIE. However if you use those words in a place like Brooklyn, N.Y., you would pronounce it as the title of this blog.

Having been here in South Carolina for over a year, I have noticed some speech patterns of which I had never heard.  There were and are a group of islands off Hilton Head Island that have housed a group of people called the Gullah. They have a patois that is somewhat like a southern drawl combined with an African American accent. Having not ever heard of them, the accent was impossible to pinpoint.

The use of the word Y’ALL is in the same usage as the Western Pennsylvania use of the word YOU’NS. If you have never heard that being used than you are missing a great auditory experience. The conjugation of the verb “to be” you wind up with YOU’NS BE.

What do you call the thing that you carried your lunch in when you were a kid (no one does it now). Was it a lunch box, lunch pail, lunch bad, or sack? How about soda, pop, or even phosphate way up in New England?

Can you identify a part of the continent where the word about sounds like aboot? How about the English speaking part of Canada and some parts of Maryland? This always tickled me as a student of languages in Brooklyn. The word oil is pronounced “earl” and the word earl is pronounced “oil.”

Here it’s “baabeque” and pulled pork. I often wonder about the pulling of the pork. Does it mean somehow that it goes through some grinding machine, or do you actually pull the pig so that it stretches to conform to a sandwich? Baabeque is quite a dish down here and restaurants compete to see who has the best baabeque.

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2 thoughts on “SAWFT WAWM DAWGIE

  1. Study of English language is fascinating. you’re probably in an area of the country where you hear lots of different accents because of retirees moving ‘down south’, so you can figure out fairly easily where people are from just from hearing them talk. Good linguists can pinpoint within in a few miles where someone has grown up.

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