Jacqi Corgan wrote:pink wrote:I totally agree with that - and even more interesting is how they vary - it's not like a graduated scale of accent from north to south, there are some places where the differences make really no sense at all! Some area seem to be like isolated alien landing sites.
Wow! It's the same over here! There are certain areas in this town where the people speak as if they left the South just yesterday. It's because when the tire factories were in their heyday, Goodyear, Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, etc., desperate for labor, used to recruit workers from down South. (BTW, the jobs have since migrated south, where workers were a little less likely to join the URW and where wages were cheaper.)
Boston, CT has something like 12 accents. Within moments of speaking to someone, a native can tell where in particular the person came from. The east coast seems to have more variance in dialect than the western regions, largely as a result of the way the country was settled.
JB, I often roll my eyes at good old Webster, who decided we Americans should spell differently (and use some different words) to further dissociate us from our former nation. I like to spell "color" as "colour," and I used to use British spellings all the time as some sort of affectation, but college professors (most of them British expats) beat that out of me.