posted by Christine Borne at 5:43 PM
Is it a Cleveland accent to say "Kerr-etts" instead of "cahr-otts"? Because then I might need accent rehab.
Yes - good example! I find that it's almost impossible to phonetically explain Cleveland vowels - but I think you've got it. A co-worker asked how I say "b-l-a-c-k" and I said it and she said oh, you say "bleck". Well, no, not *quite*. I'd say it's more something like, if you were to put it in slow motion "bleeeeyyyaack." Another Cleveland friend who's now in Florida had someone call him on "c-a-t", which the person said he was pronouncing as something like "keyaaaat". The vowel is very high in the back of the mouth. Sometimes people here don't understand what I'm saying. That's OK, because one guy called looking for books about "Nord Nitley" and it took me a long moment to realize he'd said "Northern Italy."
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