The statues appeared in NYC, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cleveland. Nothing in Chicago or Miami or any other big city in the East. We were the smallest city (by far )to receive such an honor.
More proof that Cleveland rocks...
(Even though the statue didn't have any).
Chuckles the Clown
I love this interview. He is amazing. Thank you
Paul just plain ROCKED THE HOUSE, not quite three hours of solid, entertaining rock'n'roll. Far as I'm concerned, there's Paul McCartney ... and then there is everybody else.
I went to that concert and it was terrific. Definitely one of the best concerts I've ever attended.
I was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, and some years later, lived in Lakewood, but I never ran into anyone who spoke in the way this article indicates. It wasn't until I moved to Cincinnati three years ago and made friends with a woman at church that I got my first taste of the infamous "yeah"; her accent was extremely pronounced and at first, I thought she had to be joking. I have no idea if she was originally from Cleveland, but I plan to ask her the next time we see one another.
How do you people really feel?
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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.
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!
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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Yes, it was in Coventry!!!
YES! I saw it! It was in COVENTRY!!!
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!
- Trumpémon Go -
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.
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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