A Rose By . . .

I’ve always been entranced with accents. From different parts of the United States but mostly from Europe. I love to hear a French person speaking in English. It just sounds romantic, no matter what they’re saying! I love a British accent and I’m always drawn to it. Maybe because I’m from New England and the accent is similar to mine. But their’s is more precise. More posh. 

And yes, I also have an accent. Referred to as “a Boston accent.” I was made aware of accents and various ways of speaking at a young age. When I was 7, my dad got transferred with GE from the Boston area to Ohio.  We lived in Reading, just south of Cincinnati.  I transferred in the middle of the second grade to SS Peter & Paul School and quickly realized I was unique to my classmates. Because I spoke differently than they did. Not only did I pronounce my words differently, but we actually used different words for various items.  They called a soft drink “Pop.”  I called it “tonic.” (They said tonic was for the hair) But mostly it was my pronunciation that intrigued them. My lack of  the letter “r” in any word that had one. They didn’t make fun of me. But they did attempt to get me to speak like them. I have no answer as to why, but I was very adamant in not speaking the way they did. I guess I liked my own accent.

And after relocating to Florida over 30 years ago, I guess I still do. Because at least a few times a week I’ll meet somebody new, or a sales person in a store and they immediately say, “Oh! You’re from the Boston area.” So after all these years, I think its safe to say that my accent is a part of who I am. I still pak my ca in the Havad yad.

In my nursing career down here in Florida I even encountered this with doctors and pronouncing various meds. I was taught to pronounce a med in certain way at college in the Boston area. I’m easily understood. However, it sounds a bit different from how others might pronounce it. Both are correct.

And the first time I heard the word scallops pronounced in the south, I almost wasn’t sure what they were referring to. 

how-to-pronounce-scallop

They pronounce it skal-lup.  You’ll never hear that in New England! Speak to any fisherman in Gloucester and what you’ll hear is SKAWL-UP.  That’s how I’ve heard it pronounced since I was a child.  And that’s what I’ll always call them. I do love going to a particular seafood restaurant in my area though, because they serve fresh seafood flown in daily (including clams from Ipswich, Mass!) and yes…….they pronouce it skawl-up.

But at the end of the day . . . a rose by any other name is just as sweet.

See you here next time………………………..

6 thoughts on “A Rose By . . .

  1. Accents! Terri, what a coincidence! Doing family tree & contemplating accents. Paternal side: Battersea, London. It’s said: “If you can hear the bells of St. Mary’s, you are cockney” So, my grandma sounded like Eliza Doolittle — LOL!
    Maternal side from Tenterton, Kent. Arrived Dorchester, MA (then Mattapan) at the south side Dorchester, now South Boston. Died: Barnstable, MA. Willed his land at the meadows of Mattakeeset fields to his wife & sons. Terri, do you know how long it took for the English accent to evolve into the Boston accent?Is the Boston accent the same all thru MA or only Boston?

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    • That is ironic…lol Ah, that cockney accent. Even on PBS series, I have a difficult time understanding it….lol I’m afraid I don’t know how long it took for the English accent to evolve to Bostonian. That’s a great question though and if you find the answer, do let me know! And no, the Boston accent isn’t quite the same throughout Mass. Similar, yet different. Boston and the close surrounding area is the same. Just think Kennedy’s…lol And the rest sounds a bit different.

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      • Terri, go to Quora(dot)com and ask: “How come Boston has its own accent?” More interesting accent questions in sidebar. I had to buy headphones to follow Downton Abbey, because the accent sounded like mumbling to me. (Which part is aging, which is reality is hard to sort out sometimes!) My grandma, over in Michigan, said things like “draw-ah” instead of “dra-orr.” I’m now filing an application for Daughters of the American Revolution! My relative was in the “Rhode Island Alarm.” Our Constitution is a brilliant document and still stands as such, regardless of the cheap behaviors in today’s politics.

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      • Thanks for the tip. I’ll check that out. I have to agree on Downton Abbey and many of the Brit series that I love. I sometimes find the accent difficult. And the Irish and Scottish is even worse! LOL And I SO agree on our Constitution! We MUST preserve it at all costs! No matter what!

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