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Re: “Some Think Sports Talk Radio in Cleveland Is Dying. Truth Is, It's Already Dead.

How do you people really feel?

Posted by Bob on 08/18/2016 at 10:50 PM

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

I agree that I have had enough of roller coasters. Why not either put in family rides or add some fun kiddie rides. I have season passes for my small grandchildren and myself and we are actually getting bored after being there 3 separate times. There are only so many kiddie rides when they are smaller.

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Posted by Daphne Michelle Eble-Beczynski on 08/18/2016 at 10:40 PM

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

I was born and raised in NE Ohio but moved to Nevada almost 20 years and I'm always asked where I'm from because of my accent! My children tease me because I say py-ants (pants) and ask me to say it over and over! I just went back to NE Ohio for a 5 week visit and definitely noticed the accents and now that I'm back home, everyone is telling me that my accent is stronger than ever! Great article and to those that in denial, get over it and embrace your Cleveland accent, it's something to be proud of!!!

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Posted by Kathy on 08/18/2016 at 9:04 PM

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

That foxy weather chick on Fox-8 (Melissa M.) says "Kee-YAN-ton" and "Ee-yak-ron" every night she's on TV. I was sure she was from Sha-CAW-go.

Nope...it's Youngstown. Go figure, huh? And she told us to go look at the "full mew-n" tonight.

I think it's sorta kee-yute.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/18/2016 at 8:52 PM

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

No, we do not have accent, nice try. I had a sociology prof at John Carroll U whose husband was a linguistic sociologist. According to him and his studies, clevelanders had no accent. He actually said Cleveland was the center of language in America and actually pinpointed it to a neighborhood near Cedar Hill (close to Coventry). The standard (high) dialect of any country is usually reflected in a country's national news. Of course American news occasionally has a marble mouth like Brokaw or a Texan like Rather, but generally you think that national news people do not have an accent (think Matt Lower or David Muir). And generally those national broadcasters talk like we do in Cleveland (not like New Yorker, Bostonian, or even a person from Pittsburgh, etc). Not a total surprise to me that students at a university would say someone from Cleveland has an "accent" because they sound different than they do. But honestly I went to JCU that had a lot of out of state students, Georgetown that was totally diverse, and have lived in the DC area for 18 years which is a super transplant city - and never once has any one ever told me I have an accent. Even when I lived in Australia for two years,of course people there said I sounded like an American, but no one ever told me I had a particular accent from America.

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Posted by Buttercup1496 on 08/18/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Butt-Naked Donald Trump Statue Was in Coventry, Then Removed

Well there's a huge sign in the background that says "Welcome to Union Square" if that gives you dummies an idea where it's located.

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Posted by Dave Kohn on 08/18/2016 at 5:50 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Butt-Naked Donald Trump Statue Was in Coventry, Then Removed

It was apparently in Cleveland Heights ~ Big Fun took a photo of it! But it was "promptly removed." There was no info on who removed it (though one could assume it was the city), or where it went! What a bummer. I'd love to laugh at it in person!

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Posted by ItsAllGamesAnyway on 08/18/2016 at 5:21 PM

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

The theory behind how "the accent" formed is fascinating. As I was reading this I was sounding out the individual words and while I didn't hear this "yeah" in "kee-yeah-ndee" I did feel the weird tongue placement he described. We do for sure pronounce our As and Os and Rs different, nasally and harsh. But whatever.

I'd rather sound like we do than some southern hick. Pittsburgh has one of the more bizarre accents...how do you put an R in wash anyways? I've been living in Philly for the last year, the accent here is just plain dumb..."wooder" rather than "water" and "dohg" rather than "dog." I can't even begin to imagine what they do to get words like "stay" and "day" to come out like they do.

I had the nerve of a coworker from Boston heckle me about my "accent."

Again, whatever. We know we don't have an accent. This article is just scientific proof of what we all know...Clevelanders are a more highly-evolved human being 🤓

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Posted by Peppermintdreads on 08/18/2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Cuyahoga Heights School Board Still Haunted by Dysfunction and Financial Concerns

For reliable, fact-based coverage of the issues facing the Cuyahoga Heights school district visit The Cuyahoga Sentinels. http://bit.ly/29aJxFr

Posted by Cuyahoga Sentinels on 08/18/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Butt-Naked Donald Trump Statue Was in Coventry, Then Removed

Yes, it was in Coventry!!!

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Posted by Dee Zingale on 08/18/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Butt-Naked Donald Trump Statue Was in Coventry, Then Removed

YES! I saw it! It was in COVENTRY!!!

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Posted by Dee Zingale on 08/18/2016 at 2:56 PM

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

Lars, you're right to identify those other vowel shifts, but the NC shift is at least as momentous and arguably more so because of the sheer number of people involved, and geographical area, from New York state to Chicago, at least!

Posted by Sfabius on 08/18/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Butt-Naked Donald Trump Statue Was in Coventry, Then Removed

- Trumpémon Go -

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/18/2016 at 2:30 PM

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

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