Posted by: Debra LaValley | September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011

Often, I have been asked by folks who don’t really know me where I am from. It surprises them when I answer that “I am from he-ah!” I am a New Hampshire (New Hampshah) native through and through and the daughter of NH natives. I have always lived in New Hampshire. Folks that don’t know me – seem to think that I must be from Down East – Maine or there abouts. It must be my real New Hampshah accent! There doesn’t seem to be a lot of us that still have the real New Hampshah accent any more! I think it is because of all the folks from away that have moved here and started families of their own. Their children grow up speaking with a diluted New England accent – not a real New Hampshire accent. They also say strange things like rubber bands and sacks when they are talking about elastics and paper bags! You should see the looks I get when I say that I was sitting out on the stoop! Times certainly have changed and the world is really getting flatter. Different cultures and places in the world – seem closer than ever and our differences seem to be fading. This may be a good thing in the long run – perhaps the more alike we become or at least the less different we seem to each other – there will be less conflicts. That is something to chew on – that is for sure. I think I will mull this over with a slice of apple pie for breakfast with a piece of wicked sharp cheese!

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  1. Interesting. I never thought there would be an issue about accents up there. It is that way down here. People make fun of other people’s accents and want to know where they came from if they sound terribly Southern……WHAT???? I thought I WAS in the South. Sounds like things are getting the same everywhere. I guess there are a lot of different accents in the South, maybe it has gotten that way up there.


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