I’m currently in the throes of watching the Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Ever After. Bethanny hooked me when she did her impression of Jill Zarin:
I’m fascinated because of the way they speak. It’s so very different than anything I’ve been around in my entire life: Utah (TGI Fridee), Idaho (We seen you), California ( Every sentence is a question?), West Texas (change the all in mah car), Metro South Texas (British, Spanglish, soft southern, Atlanta Rapper G, what?!”).
I can’t pick on Kansas because that’s broadcastese…
This past summer, when my husband and I were in Chicago and waiting in line at a breakfast place, this woman called out
like a horn:
“AW WE RREAADEE YAHT? I DUNWANNA WAYYT AHN LAHN! GAHT AHN LAHN!”
Jeresy Shore. MTV
And so, naturally, this brings me to my potential retirement places spreadsheet..
Enter stage left
I figured I had thought of everything: taxes, living costs, tax on food, tax on medication, weather, potential for guests…
But I had not thought.
Of the possibility.
Of the New York accent.
Don’t get me wrong, those that are from the NE and our friends I love. Their accents have softened and they crack me the hell up.
I’m talking about those who’ve rarely left the state. I suppose the equivalent would be an East Texas, Payette or Pleasanton accent. Those can drive me crazy too…
And on an international flight, a rude guy from Portland asked ” So where’s the drawl from?”
I should have pointed out that he rarely sees sunshine, has Grimms and ends questions with prepositions…
If we chose North Carolina, for example, would there be 10% of people freshly retired from New York City?
Would we, as foodies, be enjoying a romantic dinner only to be startled by a horn asking for more wine?
“WATAH! KUN AH GEHT UH MELOH UH SUMTHIN’?”
All In the Family. CBS Television
It’s a serious concern.
Just sayin’, y’all….