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Speakin' the lingo
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Cindi    Posted 10-22-2003 at 08:56:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a friend of the family, Wesley, who is one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. I visited him yesterday and he was as pleasant as ever.

My only problem with him is that I only understand about every other third word that comes out of his mouth, which makes for an interesting conversation, but being as good natured as he is, he either pretends not to notice when I give him a dumb answer or when my end of the conversation peters off into nothing more than an occasional ...'uh huh.'

I've heard thick Florida cracker lingo before and granted some of it is hard to understand, but this guy puts a slant on it that to me, is the equivalent of something you might hear the bushmen in Australia speak, complete with the occasional little clicks that may or may not come from a loose set of dentures.

"Yeah....we tohg medn redam to the slklk inffn osssr. It was gghlot lleernim (click) meedin, ya know?"

Followed by 'heh...heh...heh.'

I just nod and grin stupidly, hoping there wouldn't be a quiz. We can usually get along fairly well as he tends to point and gesture enough that you can get a rough idea of what he's talking about. Unless he asks me a direct question.

"Hey, dijuall knnedsi putthn ferttyli mwddon yet?"

Oh crap.

I don't know if it's the wad of chewing tobacco crammed in his cheek that affects his speech (cause I've never seen him without it) or if he just talks that way normally.


I settled for a nervous giggle and a....

"No, not yet."

"Oh WELL, ya better do that! (click) unllesssnn ssererta waasn too late ya know?''

"Oh...we will."

"Dog! Whatdi freekn (LOUD click) sssnsngh ttohg gogorrn iisstb!!??" He was yelling at one of his dogs about something.

I swear to God the dog just grinned and said...

"Uh huh."

He was too confused to even wag his tail properly, so he just gave it a few quick jerks to show that his heart was in the right place.

The most remarkable thing about this visit was the interaction between this man and his wife.

"Honey! Brang me thhdgs seetl rrerecccif iifn ssssallleera please?"

A few minutes later his wife appeared with a fresh pouch of Red Man and I just stared in admiration as they had a short conversation of which I could understand exactly half.

I guess my confusion showed because his wife winked at me and smiled. I was in complete awe of her, and can only hope that with continued exposure and enough time spent trying, one day I may be able to speak the lingo as well. I am not optimistic though. I have been trying to learn Spanish for years and there's a lot of people who can speak that. This woman is the only person I know of for sure that is fluent in Wesleyspeak, and she's had thirty years to work on it.

you should change    Posted 10-22-2003 at 14:37:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

your name from cindy to windy .

You can...    Posted 10-23-2003 at 04:39:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go back to the AC or the Crawler Board if you don't like it here...

You have what...17 different names you post there under?...Who are you this week?...

Salmoneye, The Numbers Runner

Ron,Ar    Posted 10-22-2003 at 18:59:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have a guy we hunt with we call windy, not because he talks too much either,:^)

Cindi    Posted 10-22-2003 at 17:32:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Call me whatever you like, just don't call me late for supper.

KellyGa    Posted 10-22-2003 at 14:46:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Troll alert, get off here, we love Cindi and her stories so P!ss off.

KellyGa    Posted 10-22-2003 at 13:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
A quote from "Slingblade" When they are in the garage and the guy is eating potted meat and sodie crackers.

"I like the way you talk."

"Well, I like the way you talk."

Put the southern accent to it and say it. I loved that movie.

rhudson, careful    Posted 10-22-2003 at 11:29:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
might want to consider easing up on agreeing and smiling about something you don't understand. no telling what you have agreed to......of course at my age the offers are seldom heard or offered.

Brings back many....    Posted 10-22-2003 at 10:19:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Fond memories....

The first time I heard a really strong slooow southern drawwllllllll. I was attending the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Wow it's been so long ago I don't even remember what state it was in.

I do remember several of us from Washington(state) were in an elevator when these girls started laughing at us.

Being a typical teenage boy I ask what was so funny.


The reply was "Youallllls taaallllkkkksssss sssoo fffffuuuuunnnnnyyyy"

Well, to this day I still remember the times that Sweet Georgia Peach and I shared over the next week.

Thanks Cindi.


Donna from Mo    Posted 10-22-2003 at 16:24:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
The state it was in was Missouri; they no longer have the FFA convention here in connection with the American Royal, and I miss that onslaught of blue coats every fall.

ATW/WA    Posted 10-22-2003 at 16:56:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Donna,

I do remember we took in events and activities in both Kansas and Missouri.

Recently made it back to Omaha, NE. for family activitys, guess I'm going to have to make more of an effort to see that part of the country.


ROTFLMAO! Cindi, you nee    Posted 10-22-2003 at 09:51:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Holy crap! I'm sitting at my desk just busting a gut! You
really need to write a book of anecdotes or something!


Brian-2N    Posted 10-22-2003 at 09:24:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I remember an act of Jeff Foxworthy:
Did you eat yet?
Do you want to?
Well, now I be fixin' to carry myself off to lunch. It be 12:00 and it's the onliest time I can do it. (That's Pensacola speak, as learned from my brother).

KellyGa    Posted 10-22-2003 at 09:22:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats okay, when I moved just 100 miles north of Columbus to the Atlanta area, people asked me where'd I come from. I also used to get a lotta huh?s. As you know from talking to me on the phone, I am southern born and bred, so I have the accent to go with it. :)

Cindi    Posted 10-22-2003 at 11:39:38       [Reply]  [No Email] was thick as maple syrup.

My Jenny has fallen smack on her face on the floor in love with a boy from Gawgia.

He just started at her school a couple of weeks ago and she heard him speak for the first time the other day and when she related it to me she had these big old stars in her eyes....

"Mama....he said he cain't get used ta owah wahtah."

In her best impression. Then a big sigh. Lol!

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