Tucker: "Maaaaaaaama! I can't find the markers!"
Mags: "TUCKAH! You say it 'mahkahs', like Papa.
My parents are here from Massachusetts. My husband says I pick my up my accent full force when one of two things happens. First is when we reach the Mass Pike on our drive back for a visit. He says, "You roll down the window to pay the toll and suddenly 'it is wicked cold he-ya.'". Second is when my parents are here visiting with us for three or more days. I jump right back into dropping my r's all over the house (which reminds me I need to vacuum). It'll be wicked thick by the time they leave to drive back in their cah. I'm not the only one, though. I can also hear it in the kids. Secretly, I love it. Mags, having a flair for drama, really gets into it. It only lasts for a few days, but it is really cute.
So, let's do some quick Boston accent training, shall we? You know you want to. First we will need to cross over the Mass Pike. Just drop your r's at the toll and let's go!
Ahhh, that's bettah. First and foremost, it's pronounced BAH-STON. If you need a little help getting an idea of what it should really sound like you can watch "Good Will Hunting" or go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Pahk. You can check out the Green Monstah and order a bee-ya. Bee-ya may improve your accent.
So, in Bah-ston, we really don't all pahk the cahs in Hahvahd yahd. If I had a quarter for how many times I have been asked to say that in Northern Virginia, I could have bought myself a frappe. What is a frappe you ask? It is simply a milkshake but just sounds fancier. They are delicious. Once you have had your frappe, you may want a drink out of a bubblah, which is a water fountain. However, any bubblahs in my book are germ ridden, so maybe you just want to buy a bottle of watah. That means you will have to go to the grocery sto-wa. In the grocery sto-wa, you fill up your carriage with groceries. While you are there, you may want to pick up some tonic. I prefer Caffeine Free Coke if you are buying.
If they don't sell bee-ya in the grocery sto-wa, don't worry! You can always run to the packie. That's where you can buy all sorts of lick-ah. Just ask the check out lady where the nearest one is and she'll point you in the right direction. She'll probably tell you to bank a left out of the store and it'll be right ovah the-ya.
I am hoping you picked up dinn-ah. What are we having? Lobstah and Steamahs, of course. With watah for rinsing the steamahs off and buttah to dip them in. Lots of it. Don't forget the lobstah crack-ahs. Those contraptions make it a lot easier to crack the shell. Also, I prefer the necks to the bellies of the steamahs, so you may want to find an eating partner who likes steamah bellies. Waste not, want not.
There ya go. You're all set to visit Bah-ston. No worries. When in doubt, just throw wicked before everything you say. You'll be wicked awesome. Just keep practicing. You'll see. It's wicked freeing, losing your r's for a few days. You could even say it's WICKED PISSAH!
I hope you enjoy your stay! I have to go help Tuckah find the mahkahs now.