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Gotham Speak

29 Oct

 

Exclusive to New York and New Jersey?

 

One of the strangest pronunciations of common English words seems to proliferate in New York.  And perhaps New Jersey.  Massachusetts might even qualify. It's about ending words with an "r" or "ar" or "er" sound when there is no "r" in the word itself. Some of the Brits even talk this way…shameful.  Examples:

 

saw…"sawr"

pizza…"pizzer"

draw…"drawr"

America…"Ameriker"

China…"Chiner"

 

What's this all about…how did it get started, and why does it persist?

 

 
 

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

One Response to Gotham Speak

  1. Arnie Hillmann

    October 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Ted kennedy always spoke of the "lawr"

     

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