Tuesday, March 11, 2008

On an unrelated note

In the middle of our novel study this afternoon, I stopped to make a point. As I was speaking, a particular word--I can't remember which one--came out with a Southern twang. And not my sarcastic, mock-hillbilly accent, either. This was a genuine Southern inflection. I stopped, surprised, and the kids looked at me just as quizzically. "Wow," I said. "I don't know where THAT came from, but I'm pretty excited. I've always wanted an accent!" The kids laughed and one boy said, "You DO have one, Miss K. A Michigan one." (See, down here, "Michigan" is an accent. Those of us FROM Michigan would never pick up on it, of course, but people have commented on it several times. It has to do with how we say our vowels, or something.)

7 comments:

Nik said...

I wish you could remember what word it was, that would make it funnier. Was it a book that should have had a sountern twang to it, like Tom Sawyer of Huck Finn? What's even weirder about the Michigan accent is the fact that Yoopers have a different accent than the Southern Michiganders. I wish there was a way we could hear how we sound to people from different areas.

Renee said...

My friend Sheri thinks I sound Canadian. She says all Michiganders sound like that. I beg to differ, agreeing with Nik. Admittedly, though, sometimes I do say "abote" instead of "about" :-)

Even when we lived in Indianapolis people said they could tell we were from Michigan. Weird.

Eduardo said...

Michigan is the way people are supposed to talk. Everything else is an accent.

Jen said...

I've always said the same thing, E.

Renee said...

LOLOLOL. Yeah, wtf?

Anna said...

Wow! PINK! I had to double check to make sure I was at the right blog. I like it. It's Spring-y and pretty!

I never knew I had an accent until I moved to AZ and people loved to hear me say phone, cold, Minnesota, and other good long-o vowel words. Isn't it kind of fun to be the foreign one?

Renee said...

To reiterate Eduardo's point, the long o sound should SOUND LIKE A LONG O! We from the great white north are the only ones who say it right :-)

I like the new look, too.