Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Like most Philadelphia natives, I know the sound of a Philadelphia accent:
“So I tollum straight up, ‘Yo, Paulie, your sister’s wit me. And we’re gawna ride widges down-ashore or this car don’t make it past Pashunk Avenue!’ “
And like most Philadelphia natives, I don’t hear any accent in my voice when ordering kawfee at the Melrose or wooder ice at Rita’s. Yanohwaddamean?
Seriously, me? An accent? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Nevertheless, I was disturbed by the recent headline “The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent” in the Atlantic magazine‘s online site, www.theatlanticcities.com.
NEW YORK— ”You know,” “whatever” is a really annoying term — “like” “you know. ” We’re “just sayin’.”
When it comes to the most annoying words or phrases used in conversation, those four top the list in 2012, according to the annual Marist Poll.
“Whatever” headed the list, cited by 32 percent of adults, and next came “like,” which 21 percent didn’t like.