Tiovaqnaki Tels Joe: >Well, I'm not a teenager, and never grew up in a ghetto, nor even a >pseudo-ghetto, but I've noticed this in my own speech occasionally. And my >father does it too sometimes. It's never "ask" = /&ks/, but "asked" = >/&akst/ does happen. The /t/ has to be conditioning this one. I've also >noticed that I sometimes add a "t" to words ending in "f", like /klIft/ for >"cliff". It sounds normal, I only noticed it when one of these Californios >pointed it out to me. I was going to put in this long story about how when I'm overcaffeinated or tired I leave the last consonant off everything (or, when I'm overcaffeinate' or tire' I leave the las' consonan' off everythin'), but it's a long, boring story that ends up digressing into something about Doggett and Southern and New York accents... *shrugs* >Anyone else here use "says" as the generic verb for reporting what someone >said? In anything informal, I'll often have "says", as in: > > Then he says, "I think I'll just throw your ocelot right off the roof!". > So I says to him, "Then the bunny's gonna get it!". > Then he says to me, "What on earth is Joe smoking this time?". What I use all depends on the situation. If I'm recounting word-for-word, I use "go": She goes, "You and that X-Files thing! Are you ever going to give it up?" So then I go, "Of course not. I've been watching over 4 years and I'm not stopping." And she goes, "They're not real people. And the show is over." But if I'm just giving an approximation of the conversation, I do the Ditzy Teen thing and use "like": She was like, "You spend too much time with The X-Files!" And I was like, "You're nuts for thinking I'm just going to stop." And then she was like, "And you're just nuts." >But in my mind, I'm thinking past tense, so when I write it down, it comes >out as "said". I remember moving to California and realizing that no one >could understand which socket I wanted when working with somebody. > >When I asked for a 3/8" socket, I'd say, "Give me the 3/8, will you?". >/wEn ai j&st fr@ tSrie sAkIt daid sei gImid@ tSrijes wIj@/ And they had problems with that? *shakes head* Strange people out in CA. >Maybe that will give you folks a clearer example of how I speak. I'm from >New York originally (NOT the city), for those who asked. *grins* New York wins my vote for #2 Coolest Accent I've Ever Heard. (#1 is Australian, BTW) Okay... I'm weird. >You do indeed. Ha ha. That was a Think-Out-Loud. Or... uh... okay, English needs more words pertaining to conversing by writing. --Erin Notagain-- needs to stop responding at 3 AM because I sound nuts. And I still don't speak mumblish!