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Old 07-09-2005, 10:12 AM   #46
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Re: Re: Re: Why does the U.S. call itself "America"?

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I still think we should have gone for a cool name instead of a bland one. But I guess now we're stuck with it.
I agree whole-heartedly! Why don't we have a cool name like Venezuela or Australia or something?

Just like I'm stuck with this name of VertigoGal and I don't even like the song Vertigo!

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Really?? Wow. Sorry. I *never* heard anybody say "America" here. Here being Montréal to Ottawa. That's not all of Canada of course. I didn't mean to generalize...! But even in the Canadian media, I never heard America.

In Toronto, I can honestly say I also never hear anybody say "America" except for immigrants who use it as a term in their native language. I'd say 99% of people here will say "the States".
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In Toronto, I can honestly say I also never hear anybody say "America" except for immigrants who use it as a term in their native language. I'd say 99% of people here will say "the States".
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Are we supposed to have a strong accent?

I get the same thing sometimes, actually.

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I never really thought about the fact that americans *ahem* U.S. Citizens
have accents
Theres a lot of different accents that we can have from here depending on region
So there really isnt an "american" accent
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When I took speech in school, I had to use a "standard American accent", which is to say not a Southern accent. Our teacher was from Illinois, so we basically learned a Midwest accent. Later on I was mistaken for a Canadian, someone from northern California, and other places I'm not from. I've been to the U.K. twice and people could tell I was from the States.
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Im just glad that when I moved from the northwest to northern virginia I didnt sound different than most of the people
I was already "exotic enough" for certain reasons

It makes me wonder if theres different accents and dialects for european countries
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It makes me wonder if theres different accents and dialects for european countries
Of course there are. Just listen to people from different parts of England and they'll have totally different accents.

In fact, some countries have dialects so different from each other that speakers can't even understand one another.
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sorry to sound stupid Ive just never been there
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I never really thought about the fact that americans *ahem* U.S. Citizens
have accents
Theres a lot of different accents that we can have from here depending on region
So there really isnt an "american" accent
yes, the most annoying being the wiscaahnnson accent, my grandparents claim i have a southern accent, but i swear i dont!
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warsh
That one always gets me
Get in the caaaaaaa
*vroom*
okay, Im way too amused with myself at the moment
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sorry to sound stupid Ive just never been there
Not stupid at all! You really wouldn't know something like that until you go there.

Like I never had any idea what the hell grits were until I went to the South, lol.
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Or rocky mountain oysters
Those seem to throw people off a bit.
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Accents may end up going the way of the Dodo if our TV consumption trumps local learning. A lot of National Newcasts aim for a "flat" Mid-Atlantic accent, and if enough people are watching enough TV, we'll blend a lot more and end up closer together in our dialects.

I've been told that there are many different dialects in Italy, but some are becoming extinct because of TV.

It would be too bad to lose all those interesting accents but it might be headed our way.
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Accents may end up going the way of the Dodo if our TV consumption trumps local learning. A lot of National Newcasts aim for a "flat" Mid-Atlantic accent, and if enough people are watching enough TV, we'll blend a lot more and end up closer together in our dialects.

I've been told that there are many different dialects in Italy, but some are becoming extinct because of TV.
Yep. In the case of Italy, TV and radio had a unifying effect. Before then, "Italian" (which is based on the Toscan dialect) was not spoken everywhere in Italy. Today it is, alongside other dialects. But at least, pretty much everybody in Italy can speak "Italian", which was not always the case.
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Like I never had any idea what the hell grits were until I went to the South, lol.
The what?!
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