I’m often mistaken for a New Yorker based on my accent. That’s odd, because I think I’ve been to New York maybe five times in my life and never for longer than a few days. Maybe the Southerners who think I hail from the Bronx don’t watch movies or TV. I don’t sound anything like Robert De Niro, Fran Drescher, John Travolta or Joan Rivers.
On the other hand, my own brother, who I hadn’t seen in a few years,once told me I sound “like a hick.” I assure you I do not have a Southern accent and have no intention of acquiring one. In fact, I don’t have an accent. I sound just like all the network news anchors, though the quality of my speech is less refined. It’s called flat Mid-Atlantic American English.
After reading one of my posts on Southernspeak, two Yankee friends were inspired and wrote the poems below. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. (Click on images to enlarge.)