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Here are some real life examples (experienced daily as a native of Washington State displaced in North Carolina)"

Accent:

  1. "I fell down a heel, in mah heels, and twisted my ankle and bruised mah heel."  (Same word used for three different things.)
  2. My name is Claire.  In the north, it...

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Here are some real life examples (experienced daily as a native of Washington State displaced in North Carolina)"

Accent:

  1. "I fell down a heel, in mah heels, and twisted my ankle and bruised mah heel."  (Same word used for three different things.)
  2. My name is Claire.  In the north, it is a one-syllable name.  In the south, it is two: Clay-er.

Dialect:

  1. In the South it seems more acceptable to speak with numerous grammatical errors: "I'm-a get me some mee-lk (milk) even if she don't want some."
  2. In the north, married women are rarely referred to as "Miss."  People take the time to say the entire "Missus Wait."
  3. On the other hand, in the north, there is not the same respect for what to call older people.  Not many people use "ma'am" and "sir" and most adults insist on being called by first name rather than Mrs. or Mr.
  4. He don't and she don't as well as double negatives = used frequently in my small town.
  5. The weatherman used "gully-washer" on the news last night and I was probably the only person in my entire town to laugh and then ask what it meant.
  6. Ya'll vs. you guys (which is not offensive to say to a group of ladies in Washington, but often offends people here.)
  7. Carbonated beverages = pop (northwest); soda (midwest); coke (south)
  8. Night-time prank: "__________ a house" = teepeeing (northwest); wrapping (south); rolling (Texas)

My final point on accent/dialect might be better categorized as "culture" in general, but as it relates purely back to language, I'll say it.  Sarcasm seems to be much more prevalent in the north.  By Washington state's standards, I was considered mildly sarcastic (about average).  When I went to college in Texas and since I've lived in North Carolina, I find my saracasm sets me apart from most.  I've unintentionally shocked, appalled, confused and offended many many people as verbal irony simply isn't the cultural norm here that it is in the north (and possibly west).

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