Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Southern USA Accent

From Sunday Stealing

The ASK Meme, part one

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

A. Unscented. I suppose that isn't a scent, but I am sensitive to most smells, and scented candles cause asthma attacks.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

A. Meryl Streep.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

A. I have one brother, I don't need another one. But I would like to be friends with Tom Hanks.

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

A. I was 20, still a baby. If I only knew then what I know now!

5. Do you know a hoarder?

A. Probably, but I am not aware of it.

6. Can you do a split?

A. Sure, I can split. Watch me leave!

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

A. I was five. Here's my first bike story: I received a beautiful blue girl's bike for Christmas the year I was five, complete with training wheels. Santa placed a Batgirl doll on the seat and she was driving! I was thrilled. And then a few days later my father took me outside and taught me to ride.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

A. Just the Atlantic. Also Kelsy's Ocean (You will only get that if you watch the ol' black and white Andy Griffith shows).

9. How many countries have you been to?

A. Four. USA, England (in a plane stopover, but it still counts), Spain, and France.

10. Is anyone in your family in the military?

A. Not at the present. My father, grandfather, and several uncles served.

11. Have you named any of your body parts?

A. Eww. No.

12. If you had a child today, what would you name him/her?

A. If we had been successful in our efforts to have a child, I would have named a girl Susan and a boy James, after his dad.

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

A. Like I remember that? I was, generally speaking, a straight-A student, with Bs in gym. As an undergrad in college my GPAs were above 3.5 and I finished my masters with a 3.96.  Take from that what you like.

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

A. Bewitched, the Brady Bunch, and Charlie's Angels. If only I could crinkle my nose and go Marsha, Marsha, Marsha while chasing after bad guys!

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

A. I have absolutely no idea. What, are these questions for people who are 15? That was 42 years ago!

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

A. I have read all of the Harry Potter books. I haven't read any of the others, although I do have the first Hunger Games book in my to-read pile.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

A. I would rather have no accent. I have a southern USA accent, and would like to overcome it someday. I am not sure what an "American" accent sounds like.

18. Did your mother go to college?

A. She attended the local community college but did not finish.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

A. They were when they died, yes.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

A. I went one time and decided I was too old and too fat for such a thing.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

A. Yes. He sang The Rainbow Connection. He's a muppet.

22. What was the first amusement park you’ve been to?

A. The first amusement park I went to, I presume, was Lakeside, a now defunct amusement park in Salem, VA that had a rollercoaster, a sky tram, and other rides. Lakeside closed in the late 1980s; it never recovered well from the infamous Flood of 1985, which about wiped most of my area from the map. Check out this link for photos of Lakeside, and this link for photos of the Flood of 1985.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

A. Spanish and Latin. I took both in high school but use it or lose it: I lost it.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

A. I use both, actually. I try to be consistent about it within a single piece of writing, though.

25. Is your father bald?
My father. I guess he
is getting a little thin
on top.

A. No, but my husband is.


  1. oh why would you like to lose your accent? i think accents are great! i talk boring, no accent...keep your accent!

  2. WOW... Love that amusement park. I had no idea that Salem ever had one. It must have been some sad times to watch it slowly die. It looked like a great place for the family. xox

  3. I went to Knott's Berry Farm, when they were still a berry farm and had mule rides. Then probably Disneyland. I have been many places in the Pacific and Atlantic and Caribbean Sea, because I don't know where one stops and the other starts. As far as countries, most of Europe, Morocco, many in the Caribbean, both Samoas, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti and other smaller island nations.

  4. Those were fun to read. And, yes, why is it that most questions are geared toward the younger set. That's stupid. There are some older folks out there.... like me!

  5. I always enjoy reading your question/responses!

  6. Your take on "split" is terrific! lol. And, imho, Southern accents are the most beautiful ones on the planet. New Zealand, South African, Australian and American Southern are all considered southern accents, according to a New Zealander that I once knew. Cool, eh?

  7. Always fun reading these posts. I mostly have a midwestern accent, but (and this is according to my mother) there are certain words whose pronunciation have been influenced by the few years we lived in Colorado when I was little. At least I don't leave off my R's or pronounce "a" like "or" (as in "worsh" instead of "wash") as some people I know, LOL.


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