Life in the Fat Lane – Visiting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Song that inspired the title: Da Yooper – Yooper Talk
I think I mentioned that I grew up in the South. When The Dane and I travel, I always know if we’re going above the Mason-Dixon that I’m going to get “that look” and/or get the comments about my accent (which of course I don’t have). Seriously, as Southern accents go, mine is not THAT thick.
Sometimes, it can be a bit trying. Here’s a tidbit of a conversation I had once:
HER: Say something (insert Boston accent here).
ME: What would you like for me to say?
HER: (Giggling) Say something else.
ME: (Deciding to mess with her a bit and in the deepest accent I can manage) Me and Chuck, we’re fixin’ ta go get a pizza. Ya’ll wanna come along with us? We’re going up yonder (pointing toward town).
HER (and friends): (Hilarious laughter)
The Dane and I traveled “Up North,” way above the Mason-Dixon and we ran into some Yoopers (folks from the “Upper Peninsula” or UP of Michigan). These folks have northern southern accents. And, just so ya know, we had a blast! There were a few words that I had to asked about, but, ya know, we got along just fine.
Wanna hear the differences in Southern accents – watch Tim Wilson on the The Bob and Tom Show. And here’s one from Lewis Grizzard (pronounced Grizz ard, doesn’t rhyme with lizard), my favorite humorist from Georgia.