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Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

Man, this news sucks.

Am I the only person who actually still likes this restaurant?

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Posted by Richard Delgado on 08/23/2016 at 6:56 AM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

Great article. When I was out west in California, they all thought I was from Canada...lol! I admit, I do hear some of the phonetic mishaps that comprise the "Cleveland Accent," but not from everyone here. Just listen to Lebron James. Never once have I heard him c-yeahn-dee.
I worked in the hotel biz for 17 years and listened closely to people's dialect, cadence, tempo and patterns trying to figure out where they are from and many times practice and learn their language. We all have our accents. Hell, if someone were to actually speak the King's English, we'd say they have an accent.

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Posted by The M.O.T.H. on 08/22/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

Twenty years ago I was in Phoenix and told my friend I couldn't find my chapstick. Her cousin overheard and mocked 'chaaapstick'. I thought 'whatever'. Two years ago I was in Homer, Alaska with boyfriend. Guy asked me how I knew about 'this bar'. I told him our whale watching captain told us about it. 'Caaaptain!' he exclaimed. ' I haven't heard that accent in years!'. Year later I was in Palm Springs, about to ride the tram with my guy up 8000 feet to top of the mountain. I told him 'I should've brought my pants--it's gonna be cold up there!' Guy in line asked where we were from, he couldn't 'place the accent'. Funny thing is, my guy and I are both born/raised in Lakewood, but neither time was his accent commented upon. Finally, we saw 'The Bronze' this year. My guy said 'You sound just like Hope: Paaants! Caaaptain!' I said 'No I don't!' But maybe I do...just a little. Excellent article. Thanks. Angela. (Pronounced AN -jeh-luh).

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Posted by Cleve accent all the way on 08/22/2016 at 7:55 PM

Re: “The Sound of Farewell: Dee Perry Signing off at WCPN

Does this mean "Applause" on WVIZ-Ch. 25 (PBS) will also be toast?

My wife loves that show, so much that I record it for her when we aren't home or are out of town...so we can see it later. You can find out about a lot of events that aren't covered elsewhere.

If "Applause" goes away, she will be really bummed.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/22/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

the accent is changing. a guy in a gas station on Denison referred to it has "half-hillbilly, half-ebonics"

Posted by Ryan Costa on 08/22/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “James and Gabrielle Bracken Had an Insane September (Updated)

Nice way to degrade my sister gabrielle, and when she went "mia" she was actually in the icu on life support for 1.5 years because of the psychopath Jimmy.. Who bluntly beat her in the back of the head with a cell phone.. Then layed her out to she on the highway to die.. Yes the allegations are wrong because when your a prisoner to your husband what else do you do... My sister is now 24 had a beautiful baby boy and changed her life because James almost took it away from her because of the situations. It is sick how you put your false information together.

Posted by Sandra on 08/22/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “KISS Singer-Guitarist Paul Stanley Reflects on the Band's Remarkable 40-Year Run

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons may have perfected the Mike Love model for the aging, iconic rock band - forget the studio, dismiss any creative ideas and stay on the road with set-lists pulled from the dozen years when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan had keys to the White House......it remains pure gold, so don't ruin a good thing.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/22/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the great "A" versus "E" aspect of the Cleveland dialect. I grew up here, and I also remember being taught at a young age that we had no accent. But as I travelled more and more, I came up realize that it most certainly exists.

Yet I don't notice that "cat" and "cot" mixup as much as the article suggests. Rather I think the most discernible thing about our accent is that we often turn short e's into long a's. And this is most noticeable in how many of us say the man's name Aaron versus how we say the woman's name Erin, which is to say that we pronounce them virtually identically. Much of the rest of the country pronounces each name the way it's spelled, with Erin sounding almost like "Ehrin" and Aaron sounding "Aaron" or "Airon." Yet Clevelanders typically pronounce both names as the male "Aaron" and think nothing of it.

I mentioned this to a local girl named Erin just a couple weeks ago. And when I pointed out that her name is in fact spelled Erin, and thus is pronounced "Ehrin" by much of the country, she got a bit confused and then defensive. She said "Ewww, that's not my name. That's gross! My name (which she pronounced Airon) is cute!" It took all of my strength not to burst into laughter.

We do the same with other similar sounding words too. So we often pronounce any type of berry such as a strawberry as "strawbarry." It's that "eh" sound turning almost into an "ā" sound that truly sticks out to me as the "Cleveland accent" more and more as the years go by.

Posted by SoullessOne on 08/21/2016 at 11:14 PM

Re: “10 Worst Jobs in Cleveland

I thought those were funny as hell lmao

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Posted by 24hrcompleteplumbing on 08/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “A Keen Attention to Song Structure Distinguishes the Punk Act Big Eyes

It's a decent review, true to the facts. Kait is definitely a force to be - oh, here comes the cliché - reckoned with. Her earlier work is blisteringly punkish, which is most endearing to those of us with such tastes. Now, she's become a bit more of a craftsperson who still creates savage, lacerating songs, but with more detail and a more melodic sense. When you're out of methylene chloride gel and can't make it to the hardware store, many of her new songs still strip the paint off the walls.

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Posted by James Cantwell on 08/21/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

I was never aware of the Cleveland accent until I moved to Columbus (I'm from Mayfield Heights) to attend Ohio State, and many people asked me where I was from....and I asked why. Then I was made aware of my Cleveland accent, which apparently I still have. A year ago a cousin of mine was in town from LA and noticed my accent right away....and I consciously try to speak without it! Guess I'm not too successful....

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Posted by Ray D. Glasser on 08/21/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

Pop culture marketing seems like an exact science -- because the few success stories are pounded into the public consciousness with a PR jackhammer. Take away the glorious chic found in the ad campaigns.....and it's survival of the fittest.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/21/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Coastal Taco Improves Its Game, Slowly but Surely

Went there Thursday before the Browns game and had a great experience - I would in fact recommend CT to anyone in the area. It was a new concept that probably needed some hard lessons to work all the kinks out, I have to assume, because my service and food was excellent.

Posted by Okay Dokay on 08/21/2016 at 5:30 AM

Re: “Coastal Taco Improves Its Game, Slowly but Surely

This is a dutiful advertising piece for a place trying to survive despite near universal condemnation. You'll get better service at a crematorium.

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Posted by FakeName on 08/21/2016 at 2:58 AM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

I lived from 2nd grade till 9th grade in Mayfield Hts, eventually moving back to Chicago, where I was born. For the last 30+ years I've lived either on the East Coast or West Coast. To a great extent, because so many people in places like LA and DC (where I've lived since '97) are from other places, at some point their kids (regardless of ethnicity or even race) grow up speaking "broadcast English". But as I do a lot of public speaking and presentations in my job, listening to stuff I did decades ago (even as a college DJ) and what I do now, there is definitely the existence of a "northern accent". Sometimes it's derided as an "adenoidal twang" (as someone actually said to me when critiquing me on the high school speech team in suburban Chicago). I had to exorcise it (subconsciously or otherwise) when I worked overseas so I can be readily understood, especially since Middle East, Asian and African folks are much more accustomed to the Queen's English .

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Posted by Roadworrier on 08/21/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “The Sound of Farewell: Dee Perry Signing off at WCPN

Dee Perry is an excellent prepared interviewer. Unlike her counterpart on after nine who is never prepared and papers it over with snark and boredom. It is why I have switched to KSU. Be careful their local coverage is getting better and better.

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Posted by Steve1955 on 08/20/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “NBA Passes on Cleveland to Host the 2017 All-Star Game

Cleveland should bid for the All-Star game to come in 2020. Obviously, the NBA wants a warmer climate for that particular game, but people will show up no matter what the weather is.

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Posted by Tristan Sanchez on 08/20/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

Interesting article, but unfortunately I think you are missing some of the real reasons for these declines. For one, the explosion of chain restaurants in the early 2000's meant that there weren't enough qualified managers to run them. Instead of cutting back in building they just hired the lowest common denominator in management. It saved the corporations money and kept their restaurants staffed. This lead to a decrease in quality in the restaurants as a whole, from the food to the hourly employees. Surely you've noticed that your service in many of these restaurants has declined over the past two decades? The other problem was every chain restaurant, to get a bigger market share, started ditching their overall concepts and marketing towards families and children. This "quantity over quality" model might make the corporations more money, but it degrades the experience for the other diners and the staff. Who wants to go to TGI Friday's anymore? There was a time back when it was "the American bistro" that it was a nice place to hang out after work...now it is just a kitschy place filled with 7 year old's birthday parties. The reason people tend to flock towards more locally owned places is they tend to be a little more upscale, they don't always bend over backwards to cater towards children, and the staff tends to be experienced servers/bartenders/managers and the entire experience is much better. The problem isn't a lack of disposable income...believe me! The amount of money people spend in restaurants today is quadruple what it was in the 90's. People, ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS AND 20SOMETHINGS, don't blink an eye when asked to drop over 100 dollars for a party of two nowadays. Money isn't the issue, no matter what they tell you on TV. People are throwing money around in ways that haven't been seen since the 80's, the problem is unqualified management, and even less qualified staff.

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Posted by Brian DiBonaventure on 08/20/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “NBA Passes on Cleveland to Host the 2017 All-Star Game

In the meantime, if the USA Women's Gymnastics Team has a "Victory Tour", The Q needs to clear the calendar for a date.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/20/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Utah Resident Plans Cross-Country Cavs Parade

"...he is stopping in a different city each day to hold a rally for Cleveland sports-lovers who no longer live in Cleveland. Cities on the itinerary: Provo, Denver, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cleveland."

It's cool that he's going through my native Chicago. Probably lots of ex-Clevelanders there.

What I need to know is whether there will be any Die-Hard Cub Fan bars popping up in Cleveland when the Cubs are making their way through the NLDS, NLCS, and quite possibly beyond.

There were Cub bars in a long list of places last year, but as far as I know, none here.

Now if it's Tribe vs. Cubs for all the marbles, whole different ballgame...sorry, couldn't resist it. Sue me.

I'll have to temporarily relocate, and maybe even get a divorce.

I do love the Tribe, and I even worked for the organization in the mid-Nineties, but I have bled Cubbie Blue for 56 years now. If any NE Ohio bar owner wants to make some money, and host Cub fans and ex-Chicagoans, spread the word here. October is not that far away!

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/20/2016 at 2:06 AM

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