Back to my point. I hope my writing sounds like me. The tactful, graceful version of myself that I like to portray. Minus slandering the aesthetic appeal of babies. Who knows if it actually does, how does one gauge that from the inside? Impossible. But since I'm getting a little tired of my own writing, everyday is just a lot for all of us I think, I thought I would mix it up over here and do a little video. For my three or so readers who've never met me in real life, I thought you might want to hear what my real voice sounds like. I always have a perception in my head of what bloggers or online friends sound like in person. Sometimes it's totally off, sometimes dead on. When I met my lovely internet friend Catie for the first time last week, she sounded exactly how I thought she would. Though she was taller than I expected and cursed like a drunken sailor, a trait I deeply enjoyed. Anyway, back in January my friend, Bethany participated in this very cool little accent video blog. She read a list of words and answered some questions that help showcase the different dialects and regional slang/terminology of English speakers everywhere. Fun, right?
Much like Bethany said, I love language, written, spoken, charaded, whatever. I find accents fascinating and charming, particularly because mine is so dull. I have the mild friendly accent of the Midwest. Born and raised in Missouri and Kansas, I have a prime telemarketer's voice. I've been told that my voice is mid-range, pleasant and accent free. Testimony to this fact is that I've been asked to record the voice mail master greeting and extension lists for the phone systems at my last three jobs. I am possessed of a mild mannered lady robot voice. You can call my office and hear me anytime. Weird. So I read the list of words and answered the questions, and actually brushed my hair first, so here we go!
See, total telemarketing gold. I never thought I had an accent actually until I was working in Philadelphia and two of my teenage clients rolled on the floor laughing when I said caramel, Barbara and water. They tried to make me say them over and over again. I acquiesced for about three minutes and then when they ran off to grab their friends to make me perform for them, I ended that little game. I'm no one's monkey. Ok, I'm happy to be the dancing monkey, but not for a large audience of tough Philly teenagers. I'm sensitive. And they were merciless.
So here are the words and questions. Give it a try yourself, but please leave a comment with a link if you post your video online. I'd love to hear your voice too.
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught
And here are the questions:
- What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? TP'ing
- What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? Potato Bug or Rolly Polly
- What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? Soda
- What do you call gym shoes? Tennis Shoes
- What do you say to address a group of people? Hi, guys
- What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? Daddy Long Legs
- What do you call your grandparents? Grandma and PaDad, Nanny and Pawpaw
- What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Cart
- What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? Sun shower
- What is the thing you change the TV channel with? Remote