Monday, January 24, 2011

Hear our Words.

You know in that episode of how I met your mother where they are trying to catch Barney's saboteur and they go to the bar and Marshall, Ted, and Barney just have to pretend it's a normal night at MacLaren's for them and yet they have no idea how to act. And Marshall keeps going "we should be talking. WORDS hear our WORDS. LAUGHTER" and "How do I normally hold my hands?" No? You don't know what I am talking about?

Well, basically that's how I felt making my very first vlog (and after rewatching it I'm all, do I really make *that* facial expression when I talk - eek!). Last week, I saw on three different blogs this little social experiment about how we say words: Bottle Up the Crazy, Emily-Jane, and The Best is Yet to Be. But I thought it'd be interesting if I brought along Inspector Climate to help me out because you know he's Australian and refuses to pronounce r's. True Story.

So, we sat down and made our first vlog, twice. Because I am a bit computer illiterate, I thought we were filming the first time we did it and then it turned out that we had in fact NOT been filming so we had to do it again.

Also, Inspector Climate doesn't NORMALLY wear a suit and I never wear make up. But right after we made this 'ere video we had to rush off to a wedding (more to come on that later...maybe). Also, apologies if the video ends and starts abruptly I spent zero time editing it.

So here's the idea, around the USA and of course other countries we all have different ways of pronouncing common words and different nomenclature. Here is the list of words and questions we are supposed to answer that commonly are pronounced differently.

Say these words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theatre, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught


Now answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Without further ado here are the voices behind Inspector Climate and Decoybetty.


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14 comments:

  1. You guys are too, too cute!

    And potato bug, a potato bug curls into a ball!

    But now you have me wondering, and I suddenly have no idea how I say "route." Root? Rowt? I think I say rowt more often but usually avoid the issue by just saying the route number (You take 13 to 366!)

    I'm similarly baffled by pecan. I've tried it both ways and usually end up feeling weirdly self-conscious no matter which way I say it.

    This is my way of copping out of a video blog. :) But nice job, both of you!

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  2. HA!!! i love it. :D

    -vanessa-
    thechinncredibles.blogspot.com

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  3. Adorable! You know it's funny, even though I knew IC was Australian, I never imagined him talking with an Australian accent. Us Americans. We really are egotistical.

    Oh and can I just say that you two look SNAZZY!!!

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  4. I adore you both! He's handsome and you're pretty and your voices are lovely.

    And? I totally know what you're talking about with the "How I Met Your Mother" episode example. :)

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  5. You guys are such a cute couple! Unfortunately no speakers at work so had to watch you guys giggle on mute but will check vid at home again :)

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  6. hehe good idea for a blog post! You guys are adorabuhl! I should do the same with Max and his French accent...there'd be some rolled "R's", that's for sure.

    Canadians say "Root" for "route" and "PE-can".

    Oh and I've never seen 'How I Met Your Mother'...am I missing out on something?

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  7. We don't throw toilet paper on houses, but trees - and that's tee-peeing! My husband teasings me because I "warsh" my clothes. So does my aunt. LOL I straightened out libary when I went to college and discovered the library. I've been known to address my composition class as "Ya'll" - just to let them see why it's important to be able to switch the dialect off and switch on standard English.

    The bug that rolls into a ball is a rolly-polly and we drink coke (no matter which soda it really is) while we comment on it!

    I drive my sons nuts saying garage like Jean Luc Pecard from Star Trek - just to annoy them. LOL - I love language things like this. I've had a great time!

    Oh - the caramel or carmel? It totally scares me to death. Just like the word toile (fabric).

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  8. We don't throw toilet paper on houses, but trees - and that's tee-peeing! My husband teasings me because I "warsh" my clothes. So does my aunt. LOL I straightened out libary when I went to college and discovered the library. I've been known to address my composition class as "Ya'll" - just to let them see why it's important to be able to switch the dialect off and switch on standard English.

    The bug that rolls into a ball is a rolly-polly and we drink coke (no matter which soda it really is) while we comment on it!

    I drive my sons nuts saying garage like Jean Luc Pecard from Star Trek - just to annoy them. LOL - I love language things like this. I've had a great time!

    Oh - the caramel or carmel? It totally scares me to death. Just like the word toile (fabric).

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  9. Diary of Why - I interchangeably say rowt and root. It depends on my mood. Pecan though, just hearing myself say pecahn makes me feel snooty.

    Mrs. Chinncredible - :) Thanks.

    Teacher Girl - That's alright, it happens to a lot of us. My best friend in Australia routinely forgets that I actually have an American accent. Until she hears me talk to another american.

    Chris - He's pretty cute, isn't he?

    Love and Stuff - I'd be interested in hearing you do it Elle in your south African accent!

    Crystal - yeah! hop on the band wagon! Yes, you need to watching How I met your mother. I love it. It has brought me back from the brink many a time when job searching.

    bluecottonmemory - Words are funny aren't they? I never thought about before until I moved to Australia and got teased constantly for the way I say things.

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  10. hi, i'm a long-time lurker but just had to comment!

    haha, this post is pure awesomeness!!
    i would to do this with my boyfriend- he's german (so pronounces "w"'s as "v"'s), so cute!

    by the way, yall are such a cute couple! and i LOVE australian accents.

    also, can i add you to my blogroll?


    http://oneika-the-traveller.blogspot.com

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  11. SUN SHOWER! THAT'S IT! I had no idea what it was called, but know that I heard it referred to as something. Mystery solved!

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  12. Ahhhh cuuute. I was giggling all through that.

    I really want to do one of these. But I always feel a bit out of wack when someone I've imagined with one voice instead has another voice, so I'm worried to do that. Plus the Australian accent on women is not ideal.

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  13. I looooved this! And I love how you two would look at each other. I intend to do this with my significant other one of these days...but first I must find a way to see if I can look as cute as you do!

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  14. O.M.G. You sound so sweet. In comparison; I'm like a mix between a redneck and a hillbilly, from the sound of it.
    I scare babies, but somehow the goats really like my voice ... now what'r you thinking?! - LOL!

    In answer, because apparently I'm a tard or something (Read: I grew up in Utah & lived in the south)
    In answer to these questions:
    Throwing toilet paper on a house? If I'm doing it - T.P-eing. If I see it - they got papered.
    The bug that curls into a ball? Tater bug
    What is a carbonated drink called? Pop
    Gym shoes? Runnin' shoes
    Addressing a group of people? All y'all
    The wheeled contraption at the market? Karrt
    When rain falls while sun shines? Sun sharrr
    The TV channel thing? lost
    Also; Ant, Oooil, Samon, Care-a-Mel, Fiirr, Wa-der, CRAY-ON, Tooi-let, N'Awlens, PeCON, Spittin' image, Bama, Que-pon.

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