May 02, 2011

She speaks! The regional dialect meme

I love the idea behind the regional dialect meme. It's completely interesting to me to know what bloggers sound like. While reading posts, I have a voice in my head that's related to how you write, the way you write, etc. But it's never totally accurate until I can actually hear a person speak.

I don't love being in front of a camera, much less when the lighting is iffy and I've got a giant shadow in front of my face that I just couldn't get to go away. But I told myself and others that I would give this a go, so here we are, the moment you've all been waiting for: Mandy being awkward while reading!

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

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?
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 your grandparents?
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?

And yes, I know there is a TARDIS in the background, and I recently talked about how much I want one. As nice as ours is, I'm longing for a functioning one. (I say this because you all are super sharp and I know at least one of you would have commented on the TARDIS had I not. *wink*)

Have you done this meme? I have to admit—but I'll deny it if it gets out—it was actually pretty fun.


  1. I may give it a shot. I hate the sound of my voice though...

  2. This was so cute! I love that other folks are participating! Here's mine if you're interested...


  3. You are cute when you are nervous, love you <3

  4. Those things you turn on when you want to turn while in your car? TICKAHS !!!!! Or "tickers" if you're not from Boston! I've called them turn signals too though.

    By the by, you are darling !!!!!! I found it incredibly endearing that you were nervous <3

    Also, TARDIS !!!!!!! (you know that I'd totally mention it !!) I've got a pretty neat-o project going on over here that is TARDIS-related !! I can't wait until it's done so I can show it off !!!


  5. Mandy - I have a love/hate relationship with this post. I love it because it's you, and you're adorable, but I hate it because it makes my heart ache I miss you so. <3!

    Pretty Penny Mae - I just watched yours as well, and you just might be one of the cutest people ever! :D

  6. I love this meme! I've been wanting to do it forever...maybe this week since I am off school!

    I love your reasoning for pronouncing "aunt" the way you do...your explanation was adorable.

    Also, I call the car things turn signals or blinkers...but my husband said that his ex-girlfriend called them "directionals". That makes me laugh :)

  7. She speaks!

    When I first read the list of questions (a while back) I was just so confused by most of them, I was like, this isn't a dialect thing these are hard questions. lol

    Like What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? I would say "Scary!" but then I watched someone's video and they said Daddy Long Legs and I was like oh, ya that's what I call it, too but I would never have said that because they aren't spiders. If I'd been shown a picture, that'd be different.

    And I totally thought "rainbow" when it's raining and the sun in shining :) hee hee
    Glad to see you and hear you!

    P.S. So jealous that you have a TARDIS of any kind!

    P.S.S. I bought some amazing beautiful paper today to write letters on, so I will be writing & sending one to YOU very soon, pen pal! :)

  8. You are seriously cute, Mandy! Yay for doing this!! I think you sound a lot like what I thought you would. And Marmee for grandma is so great. Little Women FTW!

  9. Thank you all for the sweet comments, and for keeping your "wow, she's a goob" comments to yourselves. ;)

    Definitely give it a go if you haven't. It's fun to put yourself out there a little every now and then.

  10. Excellent video! I want to do this too, even though I'm not really comfortable with the camera. Maybe a nice meme would be good for my first vlog.

  11. hawh! loved this. I dont have a video maker of any kind, but i can say that throughout my travels ive been teased for my nasal accent, specifically with words like egg and leg (which we pronounce as "aeg and laig") sometimes i feel like i sound like Janice from FRIENDS.