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I find it funny when people don't think that they have accents. Everyone has an accent, just most of the time you don't notice because everyone around you has the same one. However I'm surprised when people from the same area say things differently. Like, for instance Barrhaven. Most people I've heard say it like "Bar haven" (notice the capital B). However my wife and family pronounce it slightly differently. To me, all I hear is a flamenco singer saying "barrr HEY van". It's important to visualize flourish of the hands as well and ideally a stomp of the foot. People will only hear themselves do these things if other people point it out, which can lead to awkward yet hilarious dinner conversations.
I must say a ton of things funny, but I don't really have a good idea what they would be. After traveling I can now hear myself say "eh?" all the time - but I don't plan on stopping. That wouldn't be good, eh?Posted by jim at April 10, 2012 08:55 PM