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Re: Warsh?

Postby Dillon D » Thu 14 Jan 2010 5:21 pm

I don't really have a theory as to why this is mispronounced as such, but here are my observations of whom I've heard it from:

It appears that mainly the older generation (appx. 40+ (no offense to anyone in this age group :oops: )) say warsh. I really haven't heard it from the people my age that I know. My father is from Iowa, and both he, his parents, and his cousins (again, same age or older), all mispronounce this. My older family from Texas all say this. My much older cousin uses this mispronunciation, I believe he grew up in the southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, etc. My friend's father was born in New Jersey, and spent several years in I believe his early adolescent years in Peru. He too says warsh.

So if I may be so bold as to suggest this appears not to be related to geography as demographics (more specifically, age grouping). Does anyone else find that this may be an accurate theory?
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Re: Warsh?

Postby Kristie » Tue 02 Mar 2010 4:30 am

There are A LOT of people in WA. St. whom I've heard say 'warsh' and my Dad says 'crick' for 'creek' and he's from S. OR. :) I've also heard a fair amount of people who say 'febrar' for 'febuary'.

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Re: Warsh?

Postby formiko » Tue 02 Mar 2010 5:58 am

I say (and most people in the NY state tri-state area) say Febyoowery for February :)

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Re: Warsh?

Postby GoobLanger » Wed 28 Jul 2010 4:32 pm

I too live in Washington, and can confirm that many people pronounce it 'warsh'. I am one of those who pronounce creek 'crick', and have even won a Knowledge Bowl based on this pronunciation :D.
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Re: Warsh?

Postby justin » Fri 30 Jul 2010 3:30 am

I'm not just familiar with the "warsh" accent. I have the "warsh" accent. And I HATE the word "warsh," but I have to consciously say /waS/ rather than /war\S/, because it's the accent I'm surrounded by.
(I'm from Texas, incidentally.)

Another good South-ism, by the way: "fling a cravin' on" means "to cause another person to want a particular food, either by eating said food or by talking about it." Thankfully, my vocabulary has managed to avoid acquiring this little phrase, mostly because this is an old-folks-ism.

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Re: Warsh?

Postby Tikolm » Wed 19 Sep 2012 3:42 am

I've heard of "bananer", but not "warsh". I also thought that some non-rhotic dialects of English tended to stick r's where they weren't.

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Re: Warsh?

Postby mousefire55 » Sun 09 Jun 2013 9:52 pm

I'm from northern Illinois (Chicagoland-ish), and I say warsh 'cause my mother's side o' the family says warsh - they're all from south o' the Mason-Dixie line :)
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