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saturday night's alright for memeing

Two things worth noting about this video: 1) I’m wearing a shirt that says, “There is no R in Warsh,” warsh being how many people in this region pronounce wash and 2) I did my best to just say the words as naturally as I could. I’ve noticed lately that I do have a bit of a Pittsburgh accent for certain words and that I kind of talk out of the side of my mouth. What’s that about?

Anyway, this has been all over the interwebs by now but I saw it most recently here. The full list, if you’d like to play along, is:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Added on: Pillow, Toothpick, Milk, Eggs

Questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? Edit I can’t believe I skipped over this one. The word for that type of drink is pop!
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

5 comments to saturday night’s alright for memeing

  • I am stunned by “wash”, but nothing else sounded particularly out of order to me.

    I’m going to make one for Canadians that’s just 8 minutes of me repeating the word “about”. I know that’s what you all want from us.

    (We never say “aboot” like they show us on TV, but many of us do say “a-boat”.)

    • I’m not totally sure about my answer for “wash.” I know I say it as “wahsh” at least half the time, but “wush” is what came out. I’m pretty sure I refer to the washing machine as “the wusher” by default.

  • Fun! I might do this, even though I have a cold and I hate the sound of my voice.

  • Morgan

    As a person who did a degree in linguistics and a class in dialectology, I find this awesome! This is kind of the viral way of getting a study done, I suppose!

    I like the word “yinz.” We say pretty much everything the same except for a couple of words…which I find neat since I am from the West Coast of BC, so we’re not exactly close.

  • I had a friend in high school who pronounced crayon as “CROWN.” She was our valedictorian & is now a doctor, but I cannot get over how dumb her pronunciation of that word sounded to me.

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