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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOMBSTONEV2 View Post
    However I am always getting bugged by my family and friends because I call traffic circles; round abouts. Sometimes I have been known to say "what are you on about?" or "aye"
    In Australia we call them roundabouts too -
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    For me, route is usually pronounced "rowt". But in the case of Route 66, it's "root" because that's how the name is famously pronounced. On the other hand, a long time ago, before they came out with the current rural mailing system in my state, they used to have what was called rural routes. In that case it was always pronounced rural "rowt"...
    Weird that you guys pronounce it differently even though the meaning (& spelling) is identical.
    Would you also call Route 75 "root 75" or would you call it "rowt 75"?

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swagman View Post
    But Kiwis do sound (to us) like they're saying Fush & chups instead of Fish & chips
    To me, Australians sometimes sound like they're saying "feesh and cheeps"

    I have noticed some New Zealanders pronouncing saw a bit like sore.

    Speaking of my own accent, I've been told that I sound British; there's a strong polynesian influence in the area I currently live, and I wonder how I sound to people from the area I grew up in, which, at the time, was mostly British and European.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Weird that you guys pronounce it differently even though the meaning (& spelling) is identical.
    Would you also call Route 75 "root 75" or would you call it "rowt 75"?
    It's not really that. Where I'm from, some people say "rowt" and some people say "root". But the song Route 66 pronounces it "root", so that's what we all just say, even if we pronounce the word "rowt" every other time.

    Also, where I'm from, we have interstates, state roads, county roads, etc. We don't have any roads around here called "Route" something, so I don't know what I would call a road like that. Probably "root", even though I really pronounce the word "rowt". If I'm talking about the GPS device calculating a route, I pronounce it "rowt". But every once in a while, you'll run across people here who pronounce it "root".

    What gets me is when people pronounce "data" with a short 'a' sound, and "status" with a long 'a' sound.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    What gets me is when people pronounce "data" with a short 'a' sound, and "status" with a long 'a' sound.
    We do status with a long 'a' sound, same goes for data, like Data in STNG.

    Thing that annoys me is a lot of people from the US seem to pronounce 'herbs' as 'erbs' including that guy fieri dude I saw on tv earlier today.

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Thing that annoys me is a lot of people from the US seem to pronounce 'herbs' as 'erbs' including that guy fieri dude I saw on tv earlier today.
    Herb is a guy's name. "Herbs" is pronounced "erbs". I suppose you probably pronounce "humble" like "umble", don't you?
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    so im in ann aurbour ordering food the girly looks at me and says you talk funny . its true we have accents !

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    No matter route is "rowt" for me, same with router is "rowter"

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    If ya ain't from Montana ya ain't able to talk proper anyhow, so who cares?

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Ooh, a language and accent thread - what fun!

    To the OP...
    I didn't notice any Canadianisms in the young lady's speech, she sounded standard North American English to me.

    Grew up in Southern California. For me, Route 75 is “Root 75”, but a network router is a “rowter”.

    Also, “erb” for herb is standard American English.

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