• http://home.earthlink.net/~lex.alexander/lexblog.htm Lex

    I’ve got a warshing machine, but I thought I’d lost my drar until I found that the reason it wasn’t running was because my 2-year-old son’s sneaker had jammed between one of the ridges inside it and the front wall, thus locking the damn thing up tight.

    But the sneaker’s been liberated, the drar’s drahin’ again ‘n’ and I get to spend on booze the money I was gonna have to spend on repairs. Woo-hoo!

  • http://www.workandplay.org/pnd Whiskey One

    Having spent time in Virginny, i learned they pronounced the surname “Lucado” as ‘Luck-ee-doo’. Go figger.

  • moose

    in a previous lifetime i lived on the east coast. when i first moved there i couldn’t figure out if the waitrons approaching the table were asking if i “wanted wodduh” (wanted water, as in a glass of) or “wanted d’wodduh” (wanted to order). sigh. life is hard when soulful people don’t follow the friggin RULES OF PRONOUNCIATION (sic) !!!

    and if i hear nucular one more time i’m going ballistic.

  • http://farkleberries.blogspot.com the farkleberry

    “Ya know..uhhhurhm…I used to have me a warshing machine, but I never was no ‘count at puttin’ in no warshing soap.
    Ev’ry time I put in that warshing soap, I done got suds up to my meat n’ two potaters. Durn hard to mop it up.” — Karl, Sling Blade

  • RissaRizzo

    I have to disagree with eddeaux. I am from Texas – originally from Tyler, but have lived in Houston for 20 years. The only person I have ever known to say “warsh” was one of my friends from Ohio. But she also called coke “pop” and pantyhose “nylons.”

  • april

    Yes, I must agree that it’s a Hoosier thing (I lived in Tennessee and ‘warsh’ isn’t common). Not only do they mispronounce, but they make up words, too. My mom was raised on a farm in Indiana and she and her 4 sisters have their own vocabulary:
    *yungins, youins and littel-ins
    *over yonder (not invented by them…but who says that anymore?)
    They also tend to use old phrases like ‘mind your Ps and Qs’.

  • april

    PS/ Now that I live in Chicago, I get a lot of “yous guyses” from the older generation of blue collars.

  • http://chud.ca p

    the canadian version of “yokel” talk would be waaaaaashin machine, don’tcha know.

  • Kate

    April must have lived in some TN in an alternate universe, because I’ve lived here for 19 years and almost everyone says it “warshing machine.”Our state reprensentatives work in Warshington, and you’d be plum crazy to forget it.

  • Laura

    My Grandmother, born and raised in Gaspe, Quebec, always pronounced sandwich *sangwich*. I always thought that was cute… Spookily enough, my fiance’s mother, a true Italian from the province of Bari, says sangwich also. How can this be??? Can it be coast to coast?

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  • http://owensoft.net owen

    but then again I pronouce it waassing machince.

  • april

    Kate, Nashville is, indeed, an alternate universe. I worked at a Kinko’s in Murfreesboro and had all kinds of farmers coming in and asking for things I couldn’t understand under the strain of their accent. Maybe I developed some kind of immunity to that word. I lived there 7 years and never noticed it.

  • http://www.inapuddle.com Anne

    You folks whining about the “nukular” pronunciation of nuclear…go look in a dictionary. It’s considered an appropriate pronunciation now. Words change. Deal. Otherwise we’d all be speaking Middle English (and no one likes to read Chaucer, let alone listen to someone who speaks like him).