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In which we say Culpeppa

A few years ago I was taking Andie up to an indoor Field Hockey tournament in Fairfax, Virginia.  One of the fun things about driving up Highway 29 is the many small towns you pass through and their delightful names.  Although I am southern, born and bred, I don’t have a southern accent.  That’s never stopped me, however, from “talking” in one.  I explained to Andie that one of the wonderful things about driving up 29 was learning how to say Culpepper (which is a town) but that you have to pronounce it Cull-peppah!  Like that.

 CULL-PEPPAAAH

 

So we practiced and practiced until Andie was wonderful at saying Culpeppah and Sweet Briahhh (Sweet Briar) and other assorted Old South names.  Andie became proficient enough in it that we would just periodically launch into our “Deep South” accents and have long, horrific conversations in it.

 

I once discussed with Andie whether Keely would be able to “speak” in our accent.  Andie was convinced that there was NO WAY Keely could manage it.  I tried to teach Keely to no avail; she was just incapable of speaking in a “Deep South” accent.  In fact, when Andie was in Greece this summer I gave up on Keely’s ever getting it right and Keely put the following on Andie’s Facebook wall:

 

When Andie returned from Greece she and I spent 3 hours and 42 minutes watching Gone with the Wind.  As you can imagine, this egged us onto new heights with our “southern accents” to the point where the rest of my family was going nuts.  “SHUT UP” was mostly what they said but we would reply,

 

“I’ll think about that tomorrahh… tomorrahh is another day”

 

So it was with great joy when I saw the following on Keely and Andie’s wall-to-wall on Facebook.

 

 

I mean as a parent…could I have possibly hoped to have a better influence?

 

No answer necessary, that was rhetorical.  And by the way … fucking autocorrect!!!

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18 Comments

  1. By Word of Mouth Musings
    September 2, 2011

    I’m trying to imagine you as a Southern Belle in crinoline …

    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      YOU should hear these conversations we have!

  2. Argentum Vulgaris
    September 2, 2011

    I am slowly getting back to normal, just linked your blog on Life is but a Labyrinth.

    AV
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    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      what happened? are you ok?

  3. Argentum Vulgaris
    September 2, 2011

    Yup, I am okay, just been a bad month, check the first post on Life, that links to the story.

    AV
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    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      I will check it out…

  4. Dorothy
    September 2, 2011

    LOL too funny. My son and I used to have conversations sounding like the Beat-uls (said in a British accent please). Out of the blue we would don the accent and chat away. Then there’s the time he stuck his head out the car window and yelled to passer-bys, Bazeball hes ben beddy beddy gut to me! Sammy Sosa era. That prompted a round of everything said in that accent. LOL! It’s the fun part of having kids!

    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      Hahaha…I used ti say that too!!! Stupid steroid baseball era!!! Love the comment

  5. Paulette
    September 2, 2011

    I thouht this post was going to be about football and Daunte Culpepper. I’m not disappointed, but you can see where my head is at.

    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      too funny…

  6. Pamela D Hart
    September 2, 2011

    I’m a GWTW fanatic, however, forget the accent, I suck at Southern drawls. I can, however, raise one eyebrow while the other stays down JUST LIKE Scarlett in her red dress! And I do it all the time to my kids, who tell me to STOP it Mom!

    My husband does accents from all over the friggin’ world, and he’s funny as hell.

    And hey Lynn, you can do the accent all you want, just don’t put on a dress with a big ass hoop, you won’t be able to sit down and blog!
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    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      no pinafore and hoops…but today i was down at Duke and Andie and i spoke with our accent

  7. karen
    September 2, 2011

    Major bonus points for the GWTW poster picture! Greatest movie EVER!!!

    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      but long…

  8. vodkamom
    September 2, 2011

    I have BEEN to Cul PEPPA!!!

    for realz.

    • Lynn
      September 2, 2011

      Why would you go there? Hahaha..too funny

  9. Raisel
    September 3, 2011

    With your Southern breeding and all I assume you know how to correctly pronounce the Cuppa Rivah when visiting Chahhhleston. This silly Yankee thought that it was pronounced Cooper River. Me and my letter R.

    • Lynn
      September 3, 2011

      too funny! the thing is i don’t actually speak with an accent. we just do it for fun! i certainly know HOW to pronounce it, i usually don”t though

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