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Posted by: Jimbo ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 10:14AM

I am a native Utahn but have tried to rid myself of the Utah accent . Mountain is Mowwnunn. Pleasure is play zhurr. Special is spay shul. in central Utah, Sanpete and Sevier Counties it gets worse . Corn is carn .Organ is Argun. Wash is Warsh. I would LMAO at my cousins and they way they spoke. The overuse of the word "amazing" is going to cuse me to lose control on of these day

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Posted by: MeM ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 10:24AM

That's so awesome. Really really awesome!

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Posted by: Bert ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 10:31AM

What I enjoy even more is listening to Mormons speak English. It's always stunted. It shows off the actual depth of their intellect.

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Posted by: cl2 ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 11:21AM

Many of the out of staters confused me for being not from Utah. I never even thought about the Utah accents until then. Most people I know don't have the accent.

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Posted by: SL Cabbie ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 11:56AM

There are lot more things to poke fun of with Utahovians than our accents. Like the underwear a lot of people wear, or the temperature of their caffeine.

Okay, here are some I've learned since my days back in the MA in English Program:

Names like "Wilson" and "Nelson" have "t's" in them; i.e. Wiltson or Neltson...

And it's pronounce "Moun'in" (that's a "glottal" stop; pronounce it with your throat).

It's not "hunting" or "fishing"; it's huntin' or fishin' (or f**kin' for that matter, but never in mixed company). Deer huntin' used to be a state holiday, still observed by many, and it's permissible to "date" a "deer widow" during that period.

You've got "still belted tires" on your car, and your uncle used to work at the "Still Mill." That's to distinguish that word from "steal," which nobody does here...

The "Geographic line" runs east-to-west roughly through Filmore, to honor the old territorial capital.

I'm still researching whether the "t" is "often" is "supposed" to be pronounced. My daughter does; I don't. My fifth grade teacher's ghost would haunt me at night if I ever tried it.

Many of the polygamists use "plyg speech" to identify themselves informally so the regular LDS sorts don't catch on. A lot of plygs live in Hurkin...

More anyone?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/24/2017 11:58AM by SL Cabbie.

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Posted by: Soft Machine ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 12:51PM

Accents can be funny things, though.

In English, I have a very posh Britishj accent and I can't be bothered to fake another one, as many British people do - it is my natural accent.

In French, however - and yes, I pass for French until I tell them I'm English - I have a rather working-class Parisian accent - because of the people I associated with when I first lived here, I expect.

Oh, and whether to pronounce the "t" in often seems to vary from one individual to another, even within families, even in the UK.

I don't honestly know which I say, but I suspect I use both ;-)

Tom in Paris

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/24/2017 12:57PM by Soft Machine.

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Posted by: mikemitchell ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 05:11PM

"It's not "hunting" or "fishing"; it's huntin' or fishin'"

Hadn't thought about it for more than 40 years. Brought back old memories from Wyoming of Utah hunters. Thanks Cabbie.

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 12:19PM

I don't hear it as much in professional settings with outsiders and worldly types present.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 01:16PM

Putting "t"s in words where there are none has always bothered me.
That and hur-cun.

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Posted by: adoylelb ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 01:51PM

Another thing I've noticed about women who never left Utah except for a mission is that they tend to use "like" as every other word when speaking. Not just that, but they talk with that little girl/RS president wannabe voice as well. It gets bad enough that I have to leave the room and read a book to avoid saying something that would offend them, and to prevent my IQ from being lowered a few points.

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Posted by: MeM ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 01:57PM

The self-proclaimed gospel scholar in my old Utah ward was constantly blessing everyone with quotes from the "bookamarmon"

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Posted by: desertman ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 05:46PM

Instead of almonds it is aamonds

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Posted by: Soft Machine ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 01:58AM

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Posted by: smirkorama ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 05:52PM

.....somehow Evanston becomes Evingston .....

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Posted by: catnip ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 05:58PM

Especially in out-loud prayers: "Please help us tuh. . ."

I find that so distracting, I lose focus on the prayer itself.

In my own speech, I find that I sometimes drop the vowel sound altogether, so I come out with things like "I wanna" or "I'd like
t'go see XYZ Park."

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 05:59PM

We used to drive down to Payson to see uncle Jarge, and ride harses...sometimes other famlee would drive up from Parwon and Hurcun, too.

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Posted by: Susan I/S ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 07:40PM

as a kid I started watching the national news to break it. Every summer when I went to CA people would ask me why I talked so funny.

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Posted by: want2bx ( )
Date: November 24, 2017 09:55PM

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Posted by: Aloysius ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 09:57AM

In my opinion, the most telling element of the "Utah"accent (which can also be heard in large parts of Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Nevada) is the shift of long "A"(as in Tale) to short "E" (as in Tell).

Beyond actual pronunciation, what stands out to me when I hear people from Utah is their inflection. I have a hard time listening to the sing-songy, half-whispered, bear-my-testimony voice, with its over-emphasized S's, and reliance on cliches like "ten-der marssseessss."

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Posted by: nolongercounted ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 01:44PM

I grew up in Sanpete County, and remember my mother calling graduations on a ruler “eench.” And here’s a doozie...”Lard Flarance, ur arckid sure looks good on ur farmal.”

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 03:42PM

St. Gaaarge, American Fark, confernze, nekkid, hur-ah-cun, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (best GA confernze voice).

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Posted by: Amyjo ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 05:38PM

I haven't noticed it too much since I've been back to visit several times these past few years.

I'm more aware of a sing song dialect among the LDS genteel folks in the region.

I hear that often among Mormon women, maybe some of the men. It's a docile speaking mannerism that now I can attribute to a by-product of the brainwashing effect the religion has over their lives, down to their speech patterns.

And Boner, Hurricane *is* pronounced "Her-uh-cun," with the "uh" sound almost silent according to locals. It's not pronounced like the weather.

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Posted by: abby ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 05:52PM

If you want to piss off the locals, pronounce it how everyone else outside of Utah would. :)

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: November 25, 2017 07:10PM

Her-uh-cun right next to La-ver-cun.

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Posted by: SL Cabbie ( )
Date: November 26, 2017 01:24AM

The one that's pronounced "Yer-rika," honest. I first heard that one when I got drunk in Nephi way back when...

And I can imagine some of the relief society sorts down Cedar City way reading this and exclaiming, "Fer ignernt!"

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: November 26, 2017 02:08AM

SL Cabbie Wrote:
> I got drunk in Nephi

Dude, I just wet my pants! Did you get Laid in Lehi, too?

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