Even when everybody in a room is speaking standard English, there are subtle cues that let us know about who they are and where they’re from.
If you’re ever in the vicinity of Boston, Mass, people will be able to tell right away that you’re just visiting if you phonetically pronounce the city of Worcester. That’s because people round there call it “Wooster”.
Here in Toronto, it’s a good indication that someone’s a tourist if they pronounce the second “t” in the city’s name. People who grew up here or nearby pronounce it as “Torawno”, because that second t really makes the word drag. Continue reading “How we know when you ain’t from around here”