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Lexicon of Bawlamarese

Postby Slava » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:50 am

Well, we have our own list of [url=A Glossary of Quaint Southernisms]Southernisms[/url], but there's a whole site devoted to what many of us would call Baltimore.

http://www.baltimorehon.com/

Hope you like it.
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Re: Lexicon of Bawlamarese

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:47 pm

People from Balamer do talk differently. I have spent time there. Some of this Bawlamarese is used more widely.

I have been told repeatedly that accents or dialects are passing out of our language in favor of Standard English, whatever that is. I believe if one listens to the lingo of the great unwashed of America, one will find that accents and dialects are still widely used.

When I go to rural Smith County, Texas, I automatically change my accent in order to fit in. Years ago I had an employee from Oak Cliff, a part of Dallas known for its Red Neck vernacular. She visited her grandmother in Paris, Texas, and remarked on her return, "Them follks frum Parrs, Texiz, shore do tallk funny!"

A lady joined our church and I immediately spotted her as a denizen of Van Alstyne, Texas by her accent. Later I missed her at church for several weeks. Having performed my haptic osculatory duty toward another Van Alstyne native, I asked why the lady was not coming to church. She answered, “ Oh hunney, she jest cuden’ git uste t’ our citified ways ‘n she done went and gone back to Van Alstyne.”

So there! (Red Neck for QED).
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