Thursday, January 06, 2011

How to Speak with an Ohio Accent

Dawn sent this to me. We personally like #3 because it's been this huge discussion at work for Robert...

If you close your eyes and listen to the accents of the locals, depending on where you are in Ohio, you might as well be in a completely different region of the country. From Cleveland to Cincinnati to Southeast Ohio, the accents vary as much as they do from Texas to Massachusetts. Here's how to learn your Ohio accents.


  1. Teach yourself how to pronounce the tricky tongue-twister towns. Bucyrus, Bellefontaine, Cuyahoga, Tuscarawas, Olentangy and Lancaster are all pronounced different from how they appear. Check out Ohio University's guide to city pronunciations in Ohio.
  2. Deny that you have an accent all together. If you live in Ohio, you have an accent of some sort (with the possible exception of Columbus, since many come from all over the Midwest), but in order to be a true Ohioan, you must act offended or think it silly when someone points out your accent. Adopt the idea that only people in "big cities" have accents.
  3. End your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. For example, "When you run to the store, I'm coming with," or "Where'd you guys eat dinner at?"
  4. Refer to a soft drink of any kind as "pop." In Southeast Ohio, the trickle of water running through the woods is a "crick" not a "creek." If you live in Cleveland, you drink "rut beer" on the "ruff top" or in your "bedrum." If you live in Northeast Ohio, you "warsh" up for dinner using a "warsh rag." (BUT THIS IS BLATANTLY NOT TRUE...I HAVE NEVER WARSHED UP)
  5. Pronounce Cincinnati with a final "ee" sound. Only non-Ohioans refer to it as Cincinnat-uh. (This is much like Missouri/Missour-uh.)

accentedly, Susan


Jocelyn Christensen said...

I noticed my accent when I went to college...or had others point it out to me!

Lin Floyd said...

Ohioans sounds somewhat related to Utahns...crick instead of creck, how about fark instead of fork or oops forgot the other! Oh yeah-harse instead of horse.

teamk said...

Dad and I talked about #3. And I have to agree with #2.
The problem now is actively train my kids NOT to have a S. IN accent.

Dawn Mercedes said...

It's amazingly spot on! I always hear myself with a dangling preposition!

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