Saturday, March 06, 2010

 
What American accent do you really have?
Your Result: Northeastern

Your accent is basically what people speak with around the Tri-State area (New York City, north Jersey, Connecticut) and Rhode Island. If New York City is the greatest city in the world, it's not too much of a stretch to say you have the greatest accent in the world!

Result Breakdown:
100% Northeastern
88% Mid-Atlantic
83% Northern
65% Midland
62% Northeast New England
57% Southern
38% North Central
38% Western
Quiz URL: http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_accent_do_you_really_have?

Well, they got it right -- I was raised first on West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue in New York City until I was four and a half years old, and then in Rego Park, Queens. When I got to College in Boston, the locals said the only trace I had of a New York accent was that I said SCALLops instead of SCOLLops. I suspect they thought with a Noo Yawk accent I'd be saying things like, "Hey, howya doon?"

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Recent event in Great Britain, courtesy of BBC America: Prime Minister Gordon Brown who is fighting for his political life right now, and who is also being pommeled in the government's investigation of how the UK got suckered into the Iraq War, took time out to do something that, sadly, isn't possible here in the U.S. -- at least not yet:

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thanked his nation's openly serving gay soldiers in a ceremony celebrating the contributions of LGBT people to Britain.

Brown told guests at 10 Downing Street, including a number of gay servicemembers, that there was a “debt of gratitude we can never fully repay”. He said that the pride they felt was “nothing compared to the pride we feel in them”. Mr Brown cited the current struggle in the US to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, saying he knew debate on the issue continued. In 2009, for the first LGBT reception at Downing Street, Mr Brown said that the ban on gay marriage in California was “unacceptable”.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the British military allowing out gay soldiers. Mr Brown said: “I promise you that no one need walk the road to equality alone again.” He also listed the achievements made for gay equality in the last ten years, such as gay adoption and fertility rights for lesbians, saying people had warned these things could not be done.

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"It's movie line week here on Facebook. Copy and paste this to your status and in the comment box write your favorite line from a movie and see how many of your friends know the line and from which movie it came."

I don't always get in on these things, and this is one I let slip right by me. So here it is on the blog. I actually have a couple of favorite lines, but here's the one I'd like you to guess:

"Yonda lies da castle of my fadda."

There's a small catch in that I have heard this line and its delivery attributed to three different movie titles.

I'm also partial to "O, Moses, Moses!" from The Ten Commandments. Just about every character in the movie gets to say this line at least once, each in a distinct tone depending on his or her current relationship to Moses. Fun trash, best savored several glasses of wine to the wind, and in the company of smart-ass friends.

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The latest picture of the granddaughter, two teeth showing. Reports are that she spent all of last week working on moving each leg in a certain way, then adding arms -- and suddenly she was pushing herself up into a sitting position all by herself.

My daughter and son in law are going to really be in for it within the next two months, because when this little one gets up on her feet finally, she's going places!

Comments:
I've been cursed with the Boston accent: "Pahking my cah ova at Hahvid yahd."

You granddaughter is adorable!
 
It's Tony Curtis in the Son of Ali Baba, who uttered the immortal line! :)
 
lovely kiddo !
 
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