Thursday, April 30, 2009

Zombie Accents

Last night at the dinner table, the inmates officially took over the asylum. The coup came in the form of the Weasels realizing that ganging up on mom is a great team building exercise. After having lived with me their entire lives, the discovery came to light for them that I have an accent.

It's true. I am an east coast girl living in the midwest. I have an accent. I just don't understand how they have only noticed this now or how suddenly it has become hysterically funny to them every time I speak. "Please pass out napkins" had them rolling in the aisles. They found it gut busting to hear me say such names as Erin (I say Erin, they say Aaron) and Hannah (I didn't understand the comedy here). I could not even say "Okay, just finish eating" without a roar of laughter. I'm thinking someone slipped them silly pills or they have been hanging out with Pooh Bear.

I had completely lost control of the room and just had to give up and walk away. Let's just hope that the joke gets old today.

Another quirk of speech around Weaselville is what seems to be an all out ban on adverbs. This makes me nuts. It's a midwest thing. "my clothes need washed" is like fingernails on a chalk board to me. "No, they need To Be washed" is always my response. I tell them constantly that adverbs are free and that they can use as many as are needed, like unlimited texting. Boy Weasel informed me that adverbs are spotlight stealers and that he refuses to give them any extra publicity. This is the kind of thing I live with daily.

On a positive note, somebody appreciates me. Oscar, of the friendliest cyber bar I know ~ Oscar's Tavern, has given me an award and I'm going to accept it as a compliment ~ No matter what you say.

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.”

I am not one to take any chances at angering zombie chickens, so I am going to pass this one like a hot potato. Congrats to the following bloggers of note.

Being Michael's Daddy

Life of a New Dad

Surprised Mom

Seashore Subjects

I Need a Martini Mom

All of these bloggers are real and raw, mostly funny but honest and straight forward. Great reads that I enjoy daily. The list is also not all encompassing. I wish that I could choose more than 5. See my blogroll for other deserving blogs.

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DaddyKV said...

Congratulations on you award. I noticed that I am not on your Blog Roll:( Want to trade linkys? Ill post yours if you post mine ..that sounds naughty..

Anyway this post needs awarded ...err to be awarded. That kind of language makes me cringe as well. Although I know in real life I am not much better :)

NukeDad said...

Philly accent, right? So we are to assume that you sound like those 2 guys in the Hardee's commercial when they came up with their artery-clogging burger/philly all in one sandwich? The one when they kept saying "Boiger" instead of "burger'? It didn't sound that bad on your vids; but now you'll have to make one with "burger" or "boiger" in it to convince me. ;)

WeaselMomma said...

@ KV ~ Of course I will add you to the roll. I just haven't done my update in a while.

@ NukeDad ~ It's watered down after 20 years of being away, but still there. I had never seen that commercial before, but they are all actors with bad accents. Watch the movie Rocky and you will have it on the money.

seashore subjects said...

Now that I think about it I guess you do "talk funny" :) It is true, about the zombie chickens, well I do wake-up early or cut my break short to read (same thing right?) Thanks for the mention & the award!

Tom said...

Congrats on your award, and thank you for the pass! I shall wear it proudly.

As for the adverb thing: I have an employee at my office who does the same thing, and was offended when I pointed it out. He sees absolutely nothing being incorrect about the grammatical structure of leaving out important parts of speech.

I'm going to try doing that with other parts and see if he thinks it's okay: "Hey, this document to be re-written," or "Joe, me your report before go."

Melissa said...

Didn't you even throw a y'all in there when we last got together? An east coast accent with a y' that covers pretty much everything.

And the dropping adverbs...drives me crazy, too.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Congratulations on the award! "Ya'll my clothes need washed" - ROFL!

WeaselMomma said...

@ Seashore ~ It's well deserved, even after the 'talk funny' comment.

@ Tom ~ I ain't no english major, but you that award.

@ Melisa ~ Yeah, I probably did. I'm not sure where I picked that up. But having lived in PA, WV, OH and IL picked it up along the way (WV).

Otter Thomas said...

My first award! Oh happy day! Thanks.

I am from the south and when I am up north people look at me like I am speaking Chinese. I know how it feels to have an accent.

Oscar said...

I getthat same feeling when I hear people speak incorrectly! Makes me crazy. And us East coast people don't have accents! Its the rest o' ya! LOL

The Award sent as a compliment to one of the funniest and realistic blogs I read!
We love the Weasels here at the tavern!


Vodka Mom said...

you are a sweetheart!! I can feel the love...

'cuz I'm the mommy, that's why! said...

Boy Weasel cracks me up!
Congrats on the award! Now close the door, quick, before the (zombie) chickens get in!

WeaselMomma said...

@ Otter ~ I am the one who is honored to be able to give it to you.

@ Oscar ~ We East Coasters have to stick to together. Thanks for the award.

@ VodkaMom ~ Well deserved. You make me look like a talentless hack.

@ 'cuz ~ Boy cracks me up too, that's the hard part.

surprised mom said...

I've heard you live and in person and didn't find anything particularly hilarious about your speech pattern. It's got to be very watered down. Kids, who knows what will tickle their funny bone.

I was an English major, but dropping adverbs or verbs or whatever is annoying no matter what you studied in college. And no matter what way you slice it, dropping parts of speech sounds goofy and just hurts the ear.

Thanks for the award. I am so honored, especially being a new blogger. I will pass it on. There are so many who deserve it!

Mike said...

You know the kids just need to pick on Mom once in awhile.

You could hang out with us on the West Coast and catch some "narly waves" and get "like, totally stoked."

Then the kids wouldn't bug you anymore....

WeaselMomma said...

@ Surprised Mom ~ Yours is an up and coming great blog. Soon you will outshine anything I could hope to compete with. You have substance. I have Weasels.

@ Mike ~ I'm great with slang and dialect, just don't bastardize the language.

terri said...

I thought I was the only one who was bothered by the missing adverbs. I see this in writing ALL THE TIME. We should start a club.

texasholly said...

Did my witty comment really not go through?

If it did - please delete this one!

I loved the adverb thing.

Also Congrats on the Award! Well deserved. I think zombie chickens will fit in nicely with all the weasels.

Jason said...

LOL, accents are so much fun. I'm in Ohio but all of my friends from college were from the east coast. I came home and my parents thought I was speaking another language. Oddly enough it stuck and I've now acquired a bit of a midwest/east coast blend with a hint of the south(I'm from the bottom side of Ohio...)

Melisa with one S said...

The dropping of the adverbs makes me INSANE, and I'm from the midwest originally!

And yes, you DO have a big-time Philly accent. But it looks adorable on you. :)

Mrs4444 said...

Thanks for the recommendations! (cuz my reader only has 170 blogs in it.)

Gertrude Groggins - said...

How have I missed your blog before?! HYSTERICAL!
Don't feel bad about the accent. My friend's boyfriend is from Bali and the other day he used the words y'all and thang in one sentence - from Balinese to Hillbilly in 2 short years!. He still hasn't lived it down.

Michelle said...

You totally have an accent... I love how they just picked it up. BUT having only two kids, at least they can't gang up on me in quite the same way ;)

And now for the moment when you start to hate me: Adverbs are modifiers of adjectives (really modifying purple). Yours way a verb. "to be" is the infinitive. But I'm totally with you on people leaving out parts of grammar. My in-laws have the worst grammar, and it drives me nuts to hear them speak!

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