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

I've heard it, I've said it, but I definitely think it's more urban than suburban or rural. And it's definitely something that is reinforced with folks who are ESL (English as a second language) or multi-generational. Let's embrace it. In addition to the CAVS, Michael Symon, and all of our great CLE history, it's who we are.

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Posted by Kathleen L on 08/17/2016 at 1:58 PM

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

Clevelanders talk normal proper English everyone else has the accent.......

21 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by gk36 on 08/17/2016 at 1:45 PM

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

After 24 years here, people can still tell that I'm from Sha-CAW-go, Ill-ANNOY. I KNOW we said kee-an-dee and dee-add-ee ...we are what we are. When I was in sixth grade I took a dramatics class at a little theater and our diction coach used to yell at us about our Chicago accents. I always thought it was just a Jewish thing, until I moved to other states as an adult.

But Clevelanders (my wife is fifth generations) most definitely do NOT sound like Chicagoans. They don't sound like anything or anybody else. To me they sound "normal"...almost like radio and TV folks...unless they have ancestors and relatives from Southern Ahia. That's a whole different ballgame.

Gotta go get da kee-yat outta da ay-ell-ee...or my dee-add-ee ain't gonna gimme enny kee-an-dee. See ya in twunny minnits. Hey, jeet jet? No...jew?

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/17/2016 at 1:03 PM

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

I moved to columbus as a teen and was constantly asked to say Mom and Pop because the kids there thought it was funny. they all sounded like stoopid southerners to me! After returning to CLE 10 years later, our accent is very clear in my ears. Not everyone here has it, but it's real, folks.

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Posted by omeme on 08/17/2016 at 11:25 AM

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

I work in sales and have grown up in the Cleveland area my whole life. I can assure you we have an accent that I wasn't even aware of it until a few years ago. When my company has national sales meetings and sales reps from all over the country come together they all make fun of the way I talk. It's very subtle to use but I can assure you it's there. Literally it's the running joke at sales meetings. Hi I'm Aaa-shley I'm from Cleee-vel-aaand. I find it humorous and unique so I don't mind. Good article!

15 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Ashley Warner on 08/17/2016 at 11:17 AM

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

The denial is strong in here. Cleveland does have an accent. Listen to the Triv Show, that's it.

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Posted by not from here on 08/17/2016 at 10:37 AM

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

Nope, born and raised in NEO and I've never spoken like this or noticed anyone I know who speaks like this.

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Posted by Jacki Howard on 08/17/2016 at 9:41 AM

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

I've lived in Cleveland my entire life and NEVER have I said 'kee-yan-dee' for 'candy' or 'cot' for 'cat'. That's how people from the Pittsburgh area say it, not people from the Cleveland area. I'm confused.....

40 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Amy 1 on 08/17/2016 at 9:30 AM

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

Having lived here my whole life, I didn't really notice the NEO or upper-rust belt accent until I moved away. I assure you, friends, after hearing the difference... if your husband's name is Todd, you're calling him Tahd, not Todd. Naht that there's anything wrong with that, but we definitely sound weird anywhere else we go. Think how somebody from Wisconsin sounds to you; that's how we sound to everyone outside of this area.

25 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Holly Elizabeth on 08/17/2016 at 9:27 AM

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

I have lived in Northeast Ohio my entire life. I don't know anyone who pronounced cat or candy that way. I have traveled extensively and people have actually asked me to repeat particular phrases for them because they say that have never heard anyone speak so properly and without an accent of any sort. When I tell them where I am from they say, "Oh - that's why!"

If there is such a deep accent here, it would have been helpful to hear of more than two examples ...

61 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Cristine on 08/17/2016 at 8:45 AM

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

Excellent article, but the claim that the Northern Cities Sound Shift represents "the largest transformation of spoken English in more than a thousand years" is pretty obviously absurd. How about the Great Vowel Shift or the cumulative phonological processes that led us from Old > Middle > Early Modern > Modern English?

23 likes, 4 dislikes
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Re: “My Weekend at a Northeast Ohio Nudist Camp

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6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by NudistSingle.net on 08/12/2016 at 2:19 AM

Re: “My Weekend at a Northeast Ohio Nudist Camp

You should have visited White Thorn Lodge, just over the border in SW PA. It's well worth the trip. I've been making the commute from Clevo weekly during season for years.

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Re: “My Weekend at a Northeast Ohio Nudist Camp

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Posted by nudistsingle.org on 08/10/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Person Of Interest

i think ed platek killed her?

Posted by laura shay on 08/08/2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Touched by an Angel

I used to caddy for Mike Trikilis. He was the rudest and cheapest bastard you'd ever want to me. He had the most expensive clubs, Callaways, and couldn't play worth a shit. He used to smoke cigars that looked like crooked twigs off a dead tree.

Posted by BDR on 08/05/2016 at 12:04 AM

Re: “A Brave Never Tells

I went through the Mic-O-Say hazing back in the late nineties. We were insulted, pushed and aggressively made to stand in a certain way, forced to stand and sit for what seemed endless amounts of time, definitely ran in the dark, and forced to drink that awful concoction out of a shell or horn. Who knows what elements of all this I'm forgetting now. Sorry to all of you who witnessed more serious secrets and have to live with it.

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Posted by Brave_see_ya_later on 08/03/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Dream Killer

Yeah, I saw the mess when I attended and promptly switched back to public school. The curriculum was a JOKE at best. Prior to leaving the school, I was about to be skipped 2 grade levels from 10 to 12. I love the in-depth coverage of the farce! Good work.

Posted by Kapp_ on 08/02/2016 at 3:16 AM

Re: “How Cleveland's Trying to Get Out of Paying $18.7 Million in Judgments Against Two Cleveland Police Officers

Why not have it mandatory that police officers carry malpractice insurance like doctors?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Anand on 08/01/2016 at 1:42 PM

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