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Old 12-08-13, 05:11 PM   #1
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Understanding the Southern Language

I know that you guys in the 50+ will get a kick out of this. It's just way too funny. It's an excerpt from the TV show "You Bet Your Life" with Bill Cosby as the host. The show was a reincarnation of the original show starring Gracho Marx back in the days of black and white TV.

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Old 12-08-13, 06:13 PM   #2
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Old 12-08-13, 07:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the chuckle. They almost had an Abbott and Costello type routine going for a while there.
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Old 12-08-13, 08:06 PM   #4
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Yes...or maybe Burns and Allen.
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The are lots of Southern accents - hayell, there are at least three different Kentucky accents alone, although no one is entirely sure the eastern Kentucky accent is in fact related to the English language, as no one without six digits per hand understands it.

Of all the accents, the South Carolina high country brogue is my favorite, unless you need information from them in a hurry. The woman on the video has the classic accent.

The middle and eastern Tennessee accents are dayum ugly.

I wouldn't wish the Southern Indiana twang on my worst enemy.
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Now eastern KIntucky accents are cool man. My Texas accent (back when I had more of it) Thai was pretty darned entertaining to Peace Corps volunteers on leave in Bangkok but some of the samlor drivers that came from out in the sticks had a hard time with it. I had a bus driver tell me once with a smile: "Sorry Joe. No savvy".
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Old 12-08-13, 09:32 PM   #7
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Yes...or maybe Lum and Abner.
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Old 12-08-13, 09:44 PM   #8
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[video=youtube;uvhP_bP2erE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvhP_bP2erE[/video]

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Old 12-08-13, 10:51 PM   #9
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She had a bit of a regional accent as most everyone does, but I can't imagine anyone who speaks English not understanding her. The accent was not what made it funny, it was the confusing geography and how Cos' recognized the humor in the situation and played it to the hilt.
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Old 12-09-13, 08:24 AM   #10
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At least she speaks slow enough you can understand her. Now I find it hard to keep up with people from NYC and NJ. They talk so fast they must have ball bearing on their tongues.
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Cosby and Groucho were great friends, in Groucho's later years obviously, so it's great fun for me to see this! I remember, as a very small kid, watching You Bet Your Life with my parents.

Agreed, Cosby is great in this video but wait . . . where was the duck that came down when they said the "magic" word? Maybe the duck just didn't understand with the accent and all.

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Two of my nieces moved from Florida to live with their dad in Georgia. They have been there since they got out of high school (they're in their 30's) and both have picked up that Georgia accent; one worse that the other. It's almost to where I can't understand either of them, especially the youngest one.
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but wait . . . where was the duck that came down when they said the "magic" word? Maybe the duck just didn't understand with the accent and all.
I was also waiting for the duck to drop down. But you're probably right in that the duck may have missed it because of the pronunciation. My favorite part of this video was the look that Cos gave when she said, "There's a town in South Carolina called Due West, and North is South of Due West."
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That's great. But she kind of lost her "low country" accent, I guess from living in Penn. It's a little different from "upstate" SC......
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I lived on the Gulf coast of Mississippi for 12 years or so and got very fond of the accent. When I hear a Southern accent it is the sweet sounds of the South. I found it interesting and amusing that there is no such thing as a one syllable word. For example, the words, him or hymn are pronounced he-am. Somehow, words are held in the mouth as pronunciation begins, savored and finally uttered as two syllables. I also found, at least in the part of the South where lived, that "y'all" is singular. Plural is "all y'all".
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I also found, at least in the part of the South where lived, that "y'all" is singular. Plural is "all y'all".
Not in my limited 58 years of experience in middle Georgia.
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Not in my limited 58 years of experience in middle Georgia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%27all

It's funny in that the usage of "y'all" is regional and can be confusing even to Southerners. In almost all portions of Texas it's exclusively plural. Oklahoma, both plural and singular, and I've seen some Texan attitude about the "Okie" usage as being more uneducated or hick. Here in Georgia I can't really say, as I almost never hear it!
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Here in Georgia I can't really say, as I almost never hear it!
That's because you live in the Atlanta area, a very different place than Georgia.
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That's because you live in the Atlanta area, a very different place than Georgia.
Ah, I suspected as much. I've been curious, are we mostly "Yankees" here in Atlanta or just foreigners?
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That was funny and not what I expected. Only in the south can north be southeast of something I suppose.

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Ah, I suspected as much. I've been curious, are we mostly "Yankees" here in Atlanta or just foreigners?
There's a difference?
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I lived in upstate SC for several years and this conversation was hilariously familiar. Not only is the accent different there, they have their own grammatical rules. I used to ask: How do you conjugate the verb "to be" in South Carolinian? Answer: I be, you be, she be, he be, we be, they be...etc. That's all I can say, Idonebefittin'togetgonenow!

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Now eastern KIntucky accents are cool man. My Texas accent (back when I had more of it) Thai was pretty darned entertaining to Peace Corps volunteers on leave in Bangkok but some of the samlor drivers that came from out in the sticks had a hard time with it. I had a bus driver tell me once with a smile: "Sorry Joe. No savvy".
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Lol

Trying to talk 5 tonal language with 56 vowels and consonants (none of them being quite like any of ours) with a Texas accent. Just the typical politness word that goes with conversation gets a laugh until you learn to roll your toungue off the roof of your mouth until it sounds like a cross between a "d" and an "r".

The word is "cdap" and you'll be saying "crap" in a looong slow drawl if you ain't got it right.

Btw,
Who was the southern comedian that said the southern version of "You want to?" in one word ?
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