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Name: La Nina
  New Jersey

I'm a Jersey girl without the big hair or the accent (well, most of the time anyway), but with all of the bad driving and the penchant for weekly manicures.
Oh, and I'm an interior design student. That's how all of the weird terminology comes into play.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
VERNACULAR: This term describes an architectural style or design of house derived primarily from popular taste. Vernacular styles usually stem from some more formal or academic style, with simplifications and adaptations; but their origins are still recognizable. Vernacular Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival houses are common in New England. (from Westwind Design Residential Design glossary)

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Generally, the so-called Jersey Accent or North Jersey Accent spoken in northern New Jersey is simply a softer version of the English language spoken by residents of New York and is very frequently mistaken for a New York accent by people from other parts of the United States. It is sometimes even mistaken by people from the region itself, although most native-born New Jerseyans and New Yorkers can make the distinction when they listen carefully. Most colloquial greetings and expressions used in New York are also said by New Jerseyans and with the same frequency. Usually, however, the New Jersey accent does not blanket all words of speech, as is often the case with New Yorkers, and instead, only select words are pronounced differently from standard American English. Most common examples would be words containing a short “a” or “o” sound.

As in New York, the further away one travels from New York City itself, the weaker the accent becomes. The Jersey accent is mostly confines to the northeastern quarter of New Jersey, more or less within twenty-five miles of Manhattan.

Contrary to popular belief, no one in any part of New Jersey ever refers to their state as “Joisey.” This word is, in fact, a mistaken attempt by non-New Jersey residents to speak with a Jersey accent.

So lemme get this straight. For all of these years New Jersey has suffered through mockery and derision for our speech patterns, from New Yorkers especially, and when it comes down to it all we are is a bunch of red-tag sale 5 boroughs wannabes? Man, the state definitely needs a new team to handle its PR.

Mock us for our terrible car insurance rates and the fact that we can’t get Geico. Call us pansies for not being able to pump our own gas. Laugh hysterically every time you pass a WaWa deli. Play count-the-number-of-greasy-diners you pass on the highway while passing through the state as quickly as the Turnpike will allow you. But our accents are no longer fair game, as the credit for that rests on New York’s colossal shoulders.

Just get awff it already.

    posted by La Nina @ 1:13 PM  


Blogger p-dookie said...

I've been living in NJ for almost a year and a half now, and I still have a hard time understanding what it is my neighbors are saying.

Of course, this phenomenon has nothing to do with their funny accents.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I think you can get Geico in NJ now - it's a new thing.

12:11 PM  
Blogger La Nina said...

Ohmigosh, you're right!

Well, I still don't think we can get Progressive and a million other types of insurance with somewhat reasonable rates.

12:36 PM  
Blogger La Nina said...

Oh yeah, silly me.
Thanks for the tip, anonymous insurance fairy! :)

3:51 PM  

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