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    How many of us have picked up the phone to hear, "Ay'll bayut yew don't know hew this ee-is."
    Those who have not are missing conversations with one of the most delightful steamboaters in the land. I refer to Captain Charles H. Stone (his family name is pronounced "Stay-own" in his pure West Virginia-ese). In addition to an interesting accent, he always has something interesting to say.

    We should listen more to characters of his kind. We'd learn a lot.

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    Kinda like the Cajuns Alan "Poosh you spaw lat on thet lil rad boy capn, izz rat up thar offn tham lil dykes thar". And I'm not making fun its just the accent and dialect. I had a friend that lived in Morganza La. up around New Roads that was pure Cajun and his name, first and last, was Richard David, pronounced Reeshard Dahveed.

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      #3
      One oft remembered Pure Oil and DQ employee here is quite famous for saying, "Ize livin' with three, no foura killahs; diabeeteez, loukeemia, high blood preshah, an de bow thrustah's out!"

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        #4
        Good one Frank, I can see him leaning back in that chair and saying that. Capt. C.S. Rip Ware. "I dont care if ya'll git mad cuz I'm jest tryin to hep ya'll"

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          #5
          Good tidings from the steamboat mail

          Yesterday a welcome item arrived via mail packet...(no, it wasn't the fall Reflector issue, which isn't at the printers yet)... it was my copy of Capt. Charlie's River Lexicon. Coincidentally this definitive tome of river terms arrived at the same time this discussion of different dialects was ongoing on .org. The lexicon is going to go right up there with the packet and towboat directories, the steamboat cyclopedium and the engine room cyclopedium as essential and oft-perused references. Facts enriched with Capt. Charlie's observations make this a treasured tome.

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            #6
            And, appropriate for this season of peace on earth goodwill to all is Capt. Ware's oft repeated admonition to "LOVE EVAHBODY!" This was usually followed by, "Now hand me a bananah!"

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              #7
              Great one Keith! Its just like yesterday. Anybody want to share christmas memories on the Steamboats? I think my first christmas on the MQ was 1977 and the one person that I remember that was there too was Sharon Shrake, Mrs. Robert Reynolds now, and a christmas party that Dave Rainbolt threw in the crew mess.

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                #8
                My appologies as Christmas on the Steamboats should be a new thread.

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                  #9
                  I remember one time between sets in the Paddlewheel Lounge going over to say hello to a lady sitting by herself. "Hello, Ma'am, I'm Jazzou Jones." "Why, how do you do Mr. Jones, my name is Mrs. Wire." "Nice to meet you Mrs. Wire. I hope you're enjoying your trip. Are you traveling by yourself?" "No, I'm with my husband, Captain Wire. He's piloting the boat right now."

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                    #10
                    Where y'at?

                    When I first started working in the NATCHEZ dining room, I was greeted with a Where y'at? I looked around and said, In the dining room, which of course was greeted with guffaws. Jazzou, did anyone ever accuse you of having a 'northern accent'? I heard that one on the NATCHEZ too.

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                      #11
                      Yes, Judy, and I always thought a northern accent, if there was such a thing, was nothing more than the absence of a southern drawl. Come to find out, there are people that think New England Yankees talk kinda funny too!

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                        #12
                        LOL Judy I grew up sayin Where y'at, eatin burled shrimp, going to the terlet, calling any elders miss Judy and mista Bob and paying 15 cents to ride the Trolley and getting a transfer that would take you all over the city. Eating red beans and rice on mondays and potato sandwichs, working at Sidneys News Stand and the Cafe' Du Monde. Going to Ponchartrain Beach and the lakefront to hang out. The Flea Market on the lower end of the French Market. I even remember when Morning Call was down there.

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                          #13
                          nint ward

                          ...and you put erl on your salad and in your car! People assume NOLA is pure southern drawl, but no way. Down in da nint ward you'd think you were in Brooklyn. You worked at Sidney's? Must have gotten in some interesting reading on your breaks...

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                            #14
                            Bell Telephone used to have an entertainer who had such a good "ear" he could ask a person a few questions on general topics, then tell the person where he lived within twenty miles.

                            New Orleans and Brooklyn really DO speak the same language in many respects. So do the people of Virginia and the state of Washington. Then there is "Pummerowey, Ohio, where the whole town speaks Welsh! The correct spelling for the town name is Pomeroy.

                            When I was a boy we could easily identify the neighborhood a person came from in Louisville. Radio changed that.

                            Even television, with its Fort Wayne, Indiana, accent can't rub out these dialects.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Jazzou Jones View Post
                              Yes, Judy, and I always thought a northern accent, if there was such a thing, was nothing more than the absence of a southern drawl. Come to find out, there are people that think New England Yankees talk kinda funny too!
                              Yes, deeyah. I've huuuurrrrrd that also. Especially on Thuuuuurrrrrrrzzzzzzdays.

                              Paul

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