Monday, January 25, 2010

The Montgomery County Accent

As many of my readers know full well, I am a Texan. However, my accent is not very strong because my mom had a strong influence on my use of words and how I would say them. This story is about what I have noticed over the past 11 years here in The Woodlands and Montgomery County.  We have a large population of country folks here. As in other Texas counties, there is pride in being a part of the region, and an accent goes right along with that pride. Not necessarily conforming to English grammar rules is also part of a Texan accent.  Words like "ain't" and double negatives are perfectly acceptable "I don't take to no part of rustling them cows, mind ya!".

In Montgomery County and nearby counties, the accent typically has an embedded rise of pitch near the end of some sentences. This is an amazing phenomena to me. It is distinct and comes from the horse country of this and nearby counties. It is the language of fences, where two or three are gathered together to talk about their horses.

Today I met my new Dental Hygienist. She is a gem of a person who has this distinct accent. We talked a while about horses. She was a champion of bare back open country racing a few years ago in this county. She knew her dental stuff very very well. I think I am going to keep her a secret, because everyone would want to go to my dentist when they find out about her. (just kidding - if you are looking for a very good dentist with super nice staff and don't mind a little drive, I will share my gems of the country).    

Watch for this accent. It is different than other parts of Texas. I don't hear a drawl in it, but you might.

As I left the office, the young lady said to her co-workers "He likes my accent". Yep I do. I bet many other people feel the same way!

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