"Sandwich" pronounciation

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RE: "Sandwich" pronounciation 2006/07/09 11:00:52 (permalink)
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I was once told by a speech teacher that the voice of choice for a broadcasting career in America was learned both in Nebraska and New Jersey. Any Henry Higginses out there to comment?
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NW Jersery and the Hudson Valley. Both "nondialect" areas.
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RE: "Sandwich" pronounciation 2006/07/09 12:25:42 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ken8038

<<My Stepfather always pronounced it "sangwich", much to our amusement.

Some of my older uncles on my Italian side pronounced it that way. I think it was fairly common, at least in certain Italian American sections of Brooklyn. I also seem to recall Paul Sorvino or someone pronouncing it that way in some mob movie or other.

Anything but Rachel Ray and her g-dam "Sammy"!!

---Ken


My Italian relatives all said sangwich, along with "earl" for oil, and "terlet" for toilet. I aagree about the "sammy" think being irritating!


I don't think that's particular to Italians. My maternal grandparents--he was Irish, she was German--also said "earl" for oil and "terlet" for toilet. I always thought it was a Jersey City thing, as that's where they settled after they came through Ellis Island. Even though they both immigrated as young adults, they both lost their native accents pretty quickly, although Grandma still swore in German.
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RE: "Sandwich" pronounciation 2006/07/09 12:42:27 (permalink)
My mom said that "English as a second language" is the reason my grandma says "hangaber"- she grew up mostly speaking Yiddish and it wasn't until she went to school that she really learned to speak English.

Mispronounciations are annoying- people who say "pellow" instead of "pillow", "melk" instead of "milk", "warsh" instead of "wash". I had a friend from Indiana who would say "drawring" instead of "drawing".

This is more of an accent thing, but I've noticed some people pronounce "gone" and "cost" like "gahn" and "cahst" instead of "gawn" and "cawst".

My mom is from Missouri and she's much more sensitive to a Chicago accent than I am- I notice it if it's blatanly obvious, but she picks it up in people that I don't even notice it in.
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RE: "Sandwich" pronounciation 2006/07/09 12:58:10 (permalink)
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This is more of an accent thing, but I've noticed some people pronounce "gone" and "cost" like "gahn" and "cahst" instead of "gawn" and "cawst".



Using a "w" in those words while speaking is more of a NYC, Chicago, Philly type of dialect. A purer usage would be the "ah" sound.
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