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OMG, I am laughing to the point of coughing! I can just hear the drawl Bob must have pulled up. And the color sports commentary...heehee...

It's kind of like Shatner-ese:

"Fire...photo torpedoes...Mister Spock...and...Scotty, give us full speed...ahead!"

My apologies to fast-talking Southern women, of course. I am sure they exist. smile

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I think I talk fast.

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Originally Posted By: Lisa Low Carb Ed
Well yes I think we can all agree that people from the south tend to talk languidly, and people from Yankee country tend to talk quickly and clipped


It is the clipped part and the drawling dipped i's and o's thst make the difference. It is not really a speed difference at all, just the way the ear perceives it. In the South we tend to leave off the hard endings ("endins"), whereas Northerners are very precise to put them in. We especially differ on "T" and "D". So hearing that "clip" come along at a rapid pace makes it sound like someone is speaking faster than someone who's using rounder tones.

I had to study all this taking voice. They (especially my childhood voice teacher) really don't want you to have any discernible accent when singing, so that it appeals to all people. Until I get tired, most people don't even know I'm from the South - they can't tell where I'm from, I'll get 3 different guesses from 3 different people (unless I use the word y'all in a sentence, LOL!)

But when I start getting tired or have a headache, that drawl starts sneaking in. My husband says he can tell how tired I am by how long my "I"s are getting. grin


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I definitely agree that voices can "sound" faster or slower even though the person is saying the same number of words per minute. But I do also think empirically in a pure counting words sense that people up north tend to squish more words rapid-fire into a minute than in the south. When I go down south to visit relatives, they speak very slowly, with long pauses. I deliberately slow my own speech down to match and I have to think about it, to slow myself down.

I'm looking at the DVDs on my shelf, trying to think of what movies I could put on, to watch for a few minutes and count words smile

I do also want to say there are some areas up north that talk slowly too. Upper Maine has a drawly "You can't get theah from heah" attitude smile


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men tend to talk and finish fast...

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