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

My wife, who was raised largely out in Madison, closer to Ashtabula, definitely has the nasal "a" / added "y", but as someone who grew up in the eastern burbs of Cleveland, I don't have any of that in my own voice, even though I recognize it in others'. Maybe it's because I have always been involved in theater and audio, and therefore have spoken with the 'neutral pronunciation' by nature. Beats me. The 'Cleveland accent' definitely exists, but it's not as ubiquitous as this article makes it seem.

Posted by Drew on 08/18/2016 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Dispatches on Skipping the Babysitter and Bringing a Child to a Classical Music Performance at Toast

1. It was a wine bar. Not for toddlers
2. You shouldn't bring a baby or child to any event located at a bar. It's never appropriate.
3. You did almost ruin the evening for everyone. Luckily you left by the 2nd set because you shouldn't bring a child to a WINE BAR.
4. People go to bars, especially expensive wine bars, to be sure they aren't surrounded by screaming children. If you want your child to experience classical music, there is blossom and family outdoor events all over the city.

Good thing you were right up front...and where was your husband while you were paying to assist with the screaming child?

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Posted by Bakedchaser on 08/18/2016 at 12:42 PM

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

A label for everything and everything has to have a label. I get the academic need to label the "Great Lakes Accent"--- which is the one national broadcasters strive for their anchors to use. There is a discernible difference as one travels -- and linguistically it makes sense to assure someone labels it, even if it is the "norm" or "standard" for "American English". Even so, Ohio itself is home to many accents -- Cincinnatians still use "Please" instead of "Excuse Me" as a holdover from their german roots of "Bitte" etc. S.E. Ohioans often pronounce an 'r' in Washington and words like that: "Warshington", similar to their S.W. Pennsylvanian neighbors. The further south in Ohio into river country, and as expected, Kentucky drawls become more prevalent. But in the band of Ohio along Lake Erie, our great lake, it is the dominant 'Great Lakes Accent' that prevails. I hear the 'eah' sound often times here in Cleveland, but it is a subtle sound you hear, not as pronounced as the 'eah' sound that prevails in some accents back between Bahston and Bal'mer (Baltimore). Even so, what is 'water' anyway? -- we have lakes, rivers, creeks and rain.

Posted by Craig M on 08/18/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Music Box Supper Club to Host New Singer-Songwriter Series

Diana Chittester is a fun, engaging (and wonderfully talented) performer. She has interesting stories to tell, so this event should be quite a great.

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Posted by MJK on 08/18/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

What about Joanne Shaw Taylor Saturday at the Foundry? Another great Blues/Rock player from across the pond!

Posted by dshad on 08/18/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Paul McCartney Treats Capacity Crowd at the Q to Captivating Career Retrospective

McCartney as a visionary artist may have been best heard on his 1980 solo album -- "McCartney II" -- where the use of synthesizers and studio experimentation on a minimalist canvas presaged the electronica revolution in pop music.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/18/2016 at 11:09 AM

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

Where ever I speak, across the world, people comment about how clear my accent is. I tell them that this was once the Ohio/Indiana broadcast accent, a standard which has some similarity to California and is known for its clear and crisp accent. In the United Kingdom, the Queens English was popular but that has changed significantly because of the negative impact of class distinction.

But language and accents change. TV is a huge influencer. As just one example, the American Southern accent, which has many variations, has softened over the decades. The Cleveland accent has picked up some new influences which is natural.

Posted by BuddMargolis LONDON UK on 08/18/2016 at 11:09 AM

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

Born and raised in Northern Ohio, and I never met anyone who spoke this way. I had teachers for parents, and learned to speak English the phonetically correct way. Kee-yan-dee? Never heard it, ever.

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Posted by greggie69 on 08/18/2016 at 10:53 AM

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

Wonderful article...OK I am now listening💕 I do say Cyanton!!!

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Posted by Christine Battista on 08/18/2016 at 10:23 AM

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

I grew up in a small PA town right next to the OH border, halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I used to describe my accent as "Cleveburgh." Now that I live in Cleveland, I find myself sounding more "Cleve" than "Burgh," which I think is pretty cool. I like the NEO accent more than the western PA one.

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Posted by delsol on 08/18/2016 at 6:46 AM

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

NE OHIO RURAL GIRL

Oh it's there. This article was great! I grew up about 50 miles west of Cleveland and now I live in Toledo. I'm constantly told my A's and O's are short, and people are always confusing my name with another one because of the way I say my A! When I was in college and made new friends with southern Ohioans, I drank pop(pahp), and they drank soda...stuff like that. Let's embrace it! 😀😀

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Posted by NE RURAL GIRL on 08/18/2016 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Update: Rapper YG to Bring Fuck Donald Trump Tour to House of Blues

Most definitely not into rap or rappers...and never have been or will be...BUT...where the hell was this dude a month ago?

He might have been the match in the gasoline that changed the whole week, and things might have not gone so smoothly at the RNC. And all those bored out-of-town "blue meanies" might have actually had to work, and earn their pay, instead of just standing around in Public Square while trying to look mean..

But now we will never know. Was the HOB forced to delay his appearance until August? We will never know that, either.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/18/2016 at 2:00 AM

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

My wife is taking me out for a birthday dinner this weekend...told me it's in the Flats East Bank area...she's gonna "surprise me" by going somewhere I haven't yet been...

Christ on a cracker, I hope to hell it's not Coastal Taco, or I will probably get a surprise I neither like nor want.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/18/2016 at 1:51 AM

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

It's absolutely real! Clevelanders pronounce their A's very differently. My cousin in Brecksville is named Patrick, but everyone up there calls him "Pyeahtrick."

And yes, I'm sure you in denial just read that out and thought, "nobody says it like that!" But it's tough to give an accurate, phonetic spelling of an accent. I was just in Cleveland in June, and trust me, it runs rampant. When I meet a someone from the midwest, I'm able to tell within the first 20 words out of their mouth.

It's not just Cleveland though! As the article mentions, all Midwestern cities have this. Even all the way as far as Philly has its own, unique accent. Michigan has probably the most extreme accent in the region. But all the Midwest accents are about 90% the same, with a few slight differences.

Trust me, if you live in NE Ohio, and you don't think people pronounce their A's differently, I guarantee you have an accent :)

MALKINTENT – your comment is amazing lol.

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Posted by BrettYelp on 08/18/2016 at 1:03 AM

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

If a manager doesn't address a legitimate complaints by diners regarding the taste of the food or the service, the restaurant doesn't deserve your business. They do nothing when you complain and their management and cooks (notice I didn't say chefs because they aren't) don't even know what good food tastes like. Hire some decent help to match your expensive décor or you will be closing like crop. The restaurants at FEB will need to validate parking in the winter or they will all close.

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Posted by common sense is almost dead on 08/18/2016 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Cedar Point Announces Latest Ride Addition for 2017 (Sort of)

It's too bad that all cedar point cares about is coasters..bigger,faster scarier.why? Why not put some family things back into the park.with shoot the Rapids being closed why not use the water supply that is already there n put white water landing back in.i think it would also be great to see something like jumbo jet return..I never seen or rode it..but in pics n videos it looks really neat,fun.or something like the pirate ride,that was also really fun! It's time to put the "family" back into it.theres enough coasters right now

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Posted by Nicole Beese on 08/17/2016 at 11:13 PM

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

I keep saying the words "cot" and "candy" over and over, and I'm still not hearing any "yeah." I will admit our O's and A's can become nasal, leading to "caaaht" and "caaaandy," but I'm not sure where this alleged Y business is coming from. I can't even figure out how cot is supposed to sound like cat, no matter how I wrinkle my nose. The only time I hear "yeah" vowels in the Cleveland area is when we're making fun of New Yorkers.

Another comment mentioned the name Todd. How else would you pronounce it, besides "tahd"? Is it just a matter of how wide your mouth is when you say it?

Now, in more rural areas you'll hear EE vowels become I, as in creek = crick, or AY vowels become E, as in Dale = Dell, but I don't usually hear that among people raised in the cities.

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Posted by rollington on 08/17/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Cedar Point Announces Latest Ride Addition for 2017 (Sort of)

Not another roller coaster that goes upside down please

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Posted by Jeffery Mack on 08/17/2016 at 9:53 PM

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

A lot of you remind me of the story of the two young fish swimming to fish-school one morning.

They pass an older fish who tips his fish-cap at them. "Morning, boys!" he says. "Water's nice today, huh?"

The two young fish watch the older fish swim away. Then one turns to the other and asks, "What the fuck is water?"

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Posted by MalkinTent on 08/17/2016 at 9:39 PM

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

I moved to Cleveland a year ago after growing up in Boise, ID. Supposedly, there is very little accent in Boise, which is the reason there are so many call centers there (sorry for the spam calls with 208 areas codes...Not my fault). There was a huge call center right around the corner from my old house. I'm sure that everyone sounds like they have an accent when they travel. I haven't noticed the specific sounds described in this article, like "yeah" for a. But I can say that I'm constantly asking people to repeat themselves because I don't hear them clearly. There is at least some difference in the way people talk here compared to Idaho. I wonder how weird I sound to people here.

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Posted by PotatoMike on 08/17/2016 at 9:28 PM

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