The Daily Post prompt for yesterday was “Write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.”
So, I never used to think that Californians had accents. I mean, I don’t hear it. What accent?
I read the we’re supposed to sound a bit like we’re from the mid-west — sorta boring and bland (sorry, mid-westerners). We don’t have the twang of Texas or the slow drawl of the South. And, tsk, we sure don’t sound like “New eYOHRkers.” That would be, like, so weird.
I was really bummed thinking I didn’t have an accent so I thought I would check out Youtube to see if maybe there might be a video of California accents. And, guess what? There’s plenty of samples out there. Here are a couple:
Now in this first sample, I totally disagree with how she pronounces “herb” and “jacquar”. It’s “erb” in California, not “h-erb”. And it sure isn’t “Jag-wire”. It’s “jagwahr”. But, the girl herself is SO totally California that I had to share the clip. She isn’t faking it.
This next one is kinda fun, but the speaker’s southern accent about sent me into a sugar coma– at least the parts I could understand. The clip does serve to show the differences in regional dialects including West Coast Californian.
Okay, you guys. So I do have an accent. I mean there has to be a reason why Siri says she doesn’t understand what I’m saying. Maybe someday she’ll get reprogrammed to understand Californians. That would be so totally awesome.