Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Regionalisms

Today I was on the phone with two people, one from the Pacific Northwest and one from Ohio.

The one from Ohio pronounced pen 'pin' and the one from Washington pronounced pin 'pen'.

My head doth spin.

3 Comments:

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Cathy said...

Holy crap!

Nohn has asked me, nearly every time he picks up a pen in my presence, "Don't you hate it when people pronounce 'pen' 'pin'," and I'm always like, "I have never in my life heard anyone do that except you when you're mocking this imaginary class of people you made up that does that."

So you mean... all this time, he's been talking about real people from Ohio instead of just hallucinations?

 
At 1:39 AM, Blogger MJP said...

Real people, yes. They think you write with pins and prick stuff with pens, and they'd really appreciate it if you'd be a darlin' and pick up a gallon of melk.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Ramona said...

I live in the Pacific Northwest and I never heard people pronouncing "pen" that way. My dad was born in Nebraska but grew up in Idaho and he says "melk." There's another Midwest odd pronunciation too that's similar to "melk" but can't think of it now.

 

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