Revisiting: How to Pronounce My Name + Regional Dialect

About a million years ago, also know as the day after new years almost 2 years ago, I recorded this video on how to pronounce my name, I described a little bit about me, and I showed how I pronounce certain words that other people pronounce sooo differently in other states.  I grew up in a rural village of 400 people in England, moved to a mountain town of 2000 people in Northern California at age 8 and lived there till I was 18, went to college in Southern California for a year (Nor Cal and So Cal are SO DIFFERENT) And at 19 I moved to Seattle, WA which is where I live now.  So I'd say my accent is pretty California-centric.  I think Washingtonian accents are goofy :)
Being that I have had a ton of people ask me how to pronounce my name lately, I thought I might as well repost this video!  Now... this was me 2 years ago, and I honestly feel like I have changed quit a bit since that time.  Maybe I'm just older, more serious and a little less silly, or maybe I need to tap into the Moorea at age 24 again because she is a goof and looks pretty slapstick happy :)

Anyway, so watch the video, laugh at Moorea at age 24 just starting off in her blog design & jewelry career.  At this time I was juggling both blog designing for Freckled Nest and starting up my jewelry business on top of being a live in nanny plus nannying for another family AND doing freelance Illustration work.  OOF, I couldn't handle all that anymore and I'm just 2 years older... Needless to say, I never slept during this period of life so maybe I was jacked up on sleepy faced endorphines while I recorded this, ha!

Would you like to join in and record a video of your own?  This meme was popular 2 years ago, but heck, why not start it up again now!  I'd love to hear how you pronounce different words and I'd love to hear you pronounce your own names.  Leave a link to your own videos in the comments!

Say these words:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Now answer these questions:

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? 
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? 
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? 
  • What do you call gym shoes? 
  • What do you say to address a group of people? 
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? 
  • What do you call your grandparents? 
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? 
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? 
  •  What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


Noor said...

I was kind of close on how to say your name in my head lol. I was saying moore ah seal but its more like maria seal. I have been a blog reader forever so lets hope I can say it the right way after so long of butchering it lol..

I have a super thick country (Tennessee) accent. And everyone I speak to comments on it lol. Everything is long like whiiiiiiiite (no e sound lol) sounds like whyyyyyyt

Questions (since I am not brave enough to record lol)
1. rolled
2. rolly polly
3. coke (everything coke in the South)
4. gym shoes
5. Hey everyone (most would say Ya'll but I am educated lol)
6. daddy long legs
7. mammaw and pappaw
8. buggy
9. the devil is whooping his wife
10. remote

Comin Home Soon said...

I love this - I'm gonna do it now. I'm Scottish, I went to high school in the UK and US, went to college in the US and now live in France, this could be interesting!! :)

Allie said...

It is a Tahitian island... in Tahiti.

Chelsie said...

I see a lot of similarities between you and Zandra in this; you two are such cutesy sisters!

a feather in the wind said...

This is truely the most funny video Ive watched for a long time!!
Even if I dont know you in person, I was laughing the whole time and feel like I got a sneak peek of you as a person :)

Betty from

Liz said...

Ha, I totally remember this from two years ago. And this video makes me miss you! Next time you're in NorCal we M U S T get together.

Carly said...

I remember when you posted this originally - it's so nice to revisit :) I was too afraid to do this last time as I am from England so my accent is hilarious I may be brave enough this time....

danica said...

haha. great video.
people have issues pronouncing my name too, so it might be a good idea to try to post a video soon. :)

Papiya said...

Really fantastic video it is i like to saw your video very much. Thanks a lot for sharing with us. I'll visit your blog again.

Nathalieso said...

I keep following your blog partly because of your name, the name of the island I lived on for four years when I was a child. Pretty bold indeed to take it as a name, inspired me for future kids maybe.

Roots and Feathers said...

i. love. you. 'nuff said :)

Caitlin said...

haha! That was really funny. Kind of tempted to try it out myself. I'm from Sacramento so I don't have much of an accent except what living on the great lakes did to me. Were you by chance from Placerville? I love it there. Beautiful place to be and definitely no beach. If I do the video I'll link you.

angie said...

Dialects are so interesting. It's amazing to me that people of the same land can have such varying accents and colloquialisms!

I'd make a video, but I'm in public. and shy.

but I WILL answer those questions (I was born and raised in South Carolina)

1. rolling
2. roly poly
3. coke
4. tennis shoes
5. y'all (while I understand why people would believe this sounds uneducated, think about this- if "y'all" is stupid, why are other contractions not considered so? It's a contraction for "you all", which, in the deep south (where theres a rich plantation heritage), "you all" is even MORE southern (think Charleston, Savannah) If "can't" isnt dumb, then neither is "ya'll"... and I'm sticking to it! Long Live Southern Heritage!
6. grandaddy long legs
7. Gramma and Granpa
8. cart
9. sunshower
10. channel changer

angie said...

PS- I don't think you sound goofy... you sound fun to be around!!

Also, my husband and I lived in Redding, CA (familiar?) for a while before moving back to SC... and all my family asks the SAME questions you addressed (movie stars, beach, etc). I had to explain to them that the town we lived in was actually a third the size of our hometown in Greenville, and that the only "star" nearby was Merle Haggard because he lives in Redding" ha!

Andrea Carpenter said...

baaaahahahaha we call it the clicker as well! and we totally do the same thing, "can you pass me the... uh... the... that thing... the... ugh... what's it called?? oh yeah, clicker!"
this video made me laugh. and i love your name. it's very pretty and unique. i love that you chose it yourself. and you're right, it fits you way more than ashley does.

Isabel said...

It is so interesting hearing people talk, especially bloggers I follow as in my head everything is read in a pretty standard English accent (mine). Where did you live in England? When I was in California a few years ago I remember people trying to get us to say 'bottle of water' & 'literature', so odd! :)