Me talk pretty one day?
May 22, 2012 8:33 PM Subscribe
My informal English is boring! I'd like to make it more interesting by incorporating new and/or local (to Philadelphia) linguistic features to it.
posted by Deathalicious to Writing & Language (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm already hip to caring less instead of not caring less, but other than that my non-technology related speech probably sounds like something from the 80s or 90s for all of its linguistic and grammatical modernity. The most transgressive thing I might do is the occasional y'all (after years and years of living in the South from childhood through late 20s).
Now that I'm living in Philly, there are so many cool quirks I could incorporate: things like the positive anymore, jawns, (those are the ones I've heard of/noticed; I'm sure there are more). I'd like some guidance on how to introduce them non-awkwardly and non-self-consciously into my everyday speech.
I'm not 100% sure I want to sound exactly like a local, but I'd love to communicate like one, rather than feeling like an awkward out-of-towner English professor who occasionally says y'all (and, on the rarest of occasions, might could).