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

Kee-yan-dee? Are you serious? I am a Clevelander, born and raised, and never in my fifty-two years have I heard anyone pronounce anything the way the author of this article insists we are pronouncing words. The only time I'll hear a "yeah" in anything is when someone actually says "yeah". We have some pretty hard, short vowels and pronounce our "r's" pretty hard, that much I've noticed. But the whole stick a "y" sound in where it doesn't belong? I think not.

16 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Kathleen Kelley-Ottobre on 08/17/2016 at 2:08 PM

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.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
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.......

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

The main issue with coastal is consistency. You can go one day and have a great experience, great drinks, and great food, but go the next day and everything tastes different. Also, they are extremely pricey for small portions and at most times mediocre food. Why spend $3 per a taco for a small taco that tastes different every time I order it, when I can go to someplace like El carnicero with similar menu and larger portions for less money. I do frequent coastal, and the atmosphere is great but it's very disappointing to take friends and not be able to promise a great experience.

They also need a longer happy hour.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Saxxy on 08/17/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Crop Rocks and Crop Sticks to Close in September

The reviews on Yelp are sufficient to warrant a closure as the owners did not manage their customer service very well. The bar tender was very rude and and lacked customer service skills. The hostess expected customers in the empty place to have reservations. Instead of asking if you have reservations right away, a better greeting would have been: "where would you like to be seated" this would have been more appropriate and friendly!

Posted by jrp36 on 08/17/2016 at 11:34 AM

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.

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by omeme on 08/17/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Councilman Kerry McCormack Impresses at Public Square City Club Debut

Shingler's a dope. the streets also enter squares in Madrid from the outside, not the center of a side. and neither he nor McCormack nor anyone have any plan for reimbursing RTA for their losses. route cuts will follow, but Shingler probably doesn't care. because rich white asshats hate poor black folks. that's basically it.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by RTyay on 08/17/2016 at 11:18 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: “Coastal Taco Improves Its Game, Slowly but Surely

We went there a few weeks after it opened. Our server knew nothing and had to be told more than once that our bill was wrong (she charged us full price for happy hour drinks and then questioned us when we pointed out they were supposed to be a different price, which means she was charging every other table in her station full price instead of happy hour price). Considering the fact that there seemed to be more employees milling around than customers when we were there, we were surprised at how long it took to initially be acknowledged by our server (we finally had to stop a different server to ask for glasses of water), have her return with our drink order (at least 15 minutes), receive our food (wrong food was brought to us twice) and finally receive a corrected bill. When the food arrived, we were disappointingly surprised at the size of the portions. Don't go in there expecting to make a meal on 2-3 tacos. The tortillas are slightly larger than a slice of lemon. Happy Hour special when we were there was five for $5, and you need all five and then some if you're not planning to eat dinner after you leave. And if you're there for dinner when it's not happy hour and you're paying $3 or more per taco, expect a fairly steep bill for not much food. The guacamole was served in a very small ramekin and was, if I remember, $6 or $7. it really was a single serving, and it was just plain, old guacamole. The whole thing was an overpriced letdown. We left hungry and annoyed. We thought about calling or writing the owners, but we figured it wouldn't be open long enough to get a response.

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by sandy on 08/17/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Cleveland Teachers Union Calls for Strike, Will Hit Picket Lines September 1 if Contract Still Unresolved

Wannabe "man of steel" Mike White would be going full Napoleon complex on the CTU -- ordering Nate Gray to start a slush fund for dirty tricks and commanding the weak-kneed editors at The Plain Dealer to destroy the union's leadership through rumors and innuendo.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/17/2016 at 11:12 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.

30 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by not from here on 08/17/2016 at 10:37 AM

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

The biggest complaint I hear about is simply the process. Apparently you can't split tabs and they make you open a tab as soon as you arrive, and then all the food arrives on one tray as stated. Sounds like they should make a few adjustments to have success. I am still going to wait... perhaps by end of the summer they will have things figured out.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clifton Haworth on 08/17/2016 at 9:47 AM

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

I had a fantastic experience there the weekend before the RNC. Great food, great service and you can't beat the atmosphere. Sounds like they are headed in the right direction.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by ph8059 on 08/17/2016 at 9:43 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 ...

60 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
Posted by Lars Benthien on 08/17/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Update: Carl Quagliata’s BBQ Venture at Fisher’s Tavern in Mayfield

So great to hear Wishing you. Great success HATS OFF CARL

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Aileen Keeling Osborne on 08/17/2016 at 8:17 AM

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