No it isn’t.

Cidu Bill on Nov 9th 2012


Filed in Bill Bickel, Bronx, Frazz, comic strips, comics, humor | 33 responses so far

33 Responses to “No it isn’t.”

  1. thwgt Nov 9th 2012 at 09:08 am 1

    Fuhgeddaboudit! Oh wait, that’s Brooklyn, right?

  2. Walt Morris Nov 9th 2012 at 09:32 am 2

    You’re right - it should be “… in DA Bronx”.

  3. Mark M Nov 9th 2012 at 09:52 am 3

    Appliance- “I’m appliance several coats of paint on da wall”

  4. James Pollock Nov 9th 2012 at 02:15 pm 4

    They’re in Michigan, and he’s a little kid. You’re lucky if he can point to the Bronx on a map, and pick the correct continent.

  5. JeffM Nov 9th 2012 at 05:03 pm 5

    Hoy! How a you? Oy love da bronx!

  6. Judge Mental Nov 9th 2012 at 05:43 pm 6

    I have no idea whether people from the Bronx often pronounce the word “spraying” as “sprain”. However it has been my experience that if someone relocates (or is visiting) from Fargo or Atlanta to another part of the United States, they are expected to live with good-nature ribbing about their accents. In some cases, it is even acceptable to label the person as less intelligent. New Yorkers, on the other hand, have no discernible accent and you are “hearing wrong” if you suggest otherwise.

  7. Mark in Boston Nov 9th 2012 at 06:49 pm 7

    In the Bronx, if something is very expensive they say it costs a nominal egg.

  8. mitch4 Nov 9th 2012 at 07:13 pm 8

    I like that “nominal egg”!

  9. Boise Ed Nov 9th 2012 at 07:24 pm 9

    Judge, that’s hilarious! No discernible accent, indeed. ROTFL.

    When I was an 18-year-old Hoosier, we went to Manhattan (NYC, not Kansas) and had breakfast at a place around the corner from our hotel. The guy there spoke Brooklynese just like what I had heard on TV and had thought to be an unreal stereotype. I even had trouble understanding him! No accent, indeed, hah!

  10. Arthur Nov 9th 2012 at 09:11 pm 10

    And, as they say, that’s going to be a doozy of a sentence:
    While someone in authority at the hospital said that the sprain
    was cause by an appliance, that was actually a euphemism because
    there was no decent way to explain what kind of appliance it was.

  11. Lola Nov 9th 2012 at 09:45 pm 11

    Back in another century, when I was young and worth pursuing, a Bostonian in Illinois made me an offer that I found incredibly confusing and creepy. He knew of a great potty. Did I want to go to the potty with him. When he mentioned he had a cah to get there, it all fell into place. Until then, he was one truly weirdly perverted dude.

  12. Elyrest Nov 9th 2012 at 11:23 pm 12

    I just finished Penny Marshall’s memoir “My Mother Was Nuts” and I could “hear” her Bronx accent right through the pages. I can’t even imagine trying to listen to the audio version that she reads herself - it’s like another language.

  13. Jeff S. Nov 10th 2012 at 01:13 am 13

    In this election? Wow… your vote DID count. Several times, apparently. ;-)

  14. Detcord Nov 10th 2012 at 09:19 am 14

    Judge Mental(5)

    Thank You for my belly-laugh of the day! Nu Yawkers have “no discernible accent”. Yowza!

    When I was based South of New York I had the opportunity to visit often. At times, I wished for a Nu Yawker / English dictionary as the “accent” - to my Michigan ears - was so strong. And I use that word “English” advisedly, as the real English instantly recognised me as an American (not English) when I first came to these Islands. Now, after more than 20 years, they hesitantly enquire if I might be Canadian. Michigan and Ontario pretty much share the same accent so it’s the safer question. Canadians, like New Zealanders tend to respond more strongly if one guesses they come from the States or Australia.

    In London, Nu Yawkers are spotted immediately upon opening their mouth.

  15. Elyrest Nov 10th 2012 at 12:27 pm 15

    Jeff S. (12) - I have a feeling that your comment belonged over here at this thread and it was directed at me. Ha, ha - if I was able to make it around to all those states and voted on the same day I must have superpowers. (I know this ignores absentee ballots, but that’s no fun). If I was going to chose a power it would be a little fancier than being able to vote in multiple places at once.

  16. Jeff S. Nov 10th 2012 at 07:33 pm 16

    Oops… You are correct.

  17. Mark in Boston Nov 10th 2012 at 07:48 pm 17

    Speaking of accents, this turned up on

    I was in a bar Saturday night, and had a few drinks.
    I noticed two large women by the bar. They both had strong accents so I asked, “Hey, are you two ladies from Ireland?”
    One of them screamed, “It’s Wales you idiot!”
    So, I immediately apologized and said, “Sorry, are you two whales from Ireland?”
    That’s all I remember.

  18. Cidu Bill Nov 10th 2012 at 10:19 pm 18

    I think I’ve mentioned this here before… one of the first interviews I did was with a radio station down south, and about midway through I became aware that they really weren’t understanding a single word I was saying.

  19. Cidu Bill Nov 10th 2012 at 10:21 pm 19

    Jeff M, it isn’t “da Bronx.” More like “th’ Bronx”

  20. jp Nov 11th 2012 at 08:04 pm 20

    #Detcord(14): I don’t know if its still true but, in the old days, people with ambitions of becoming a national broadcaster pretty much had to spend a rotation in Detroit (pronounced: DEE-troit) in order to learn the “flat” accent of the Americas (that is, ‘Merkin). I grew up in Toledo (a suburb of Detroit), so I have no accent whatsoever, by definition.


  21. Elyrest Nov 11th 2012 at 09:16 pm 21

    jp - I lived in Ann Arbor for five years and it was stressed to me that the correct pronunciation of Detroit was dih-TROYT. Definitely not DEE-troit. Is there anyone here from Detroit?

  22. Lola Nov 11th 2012 at 09:25 pm 22

    I grew up in Ohio (Oh-Hi-ah) and Michigan. DEE-troit is the way it’s pronounced as you get more south in Ohio. My relatives in the Piqua/Troy/Covington area all say it that way. In Toledo, where I did most of my Ohio growing up, they don’t and in southern Michigan, where we lived for 7 years, they most certainly do not. I pronounce it both ways, depending on who I’m talking with.

  23. Jack Applin Nov 12th 2012 at 06:06 pm 23

    Born in Detroit, grew up in the suburb of St. Clair Shores. We would never say DEE-troit, unless chanting at a Tigers game. It’s Duh-troit, or perhaps D’troit. Put as little emphasis on the first syllable as possible. By the way, there are only two syllables–it’s not Duh-troy-it. “Detroiter” rhymes with “loiter”.

  24. Boise Ed Nov 12th 2012 at 07:07 pm 24

    Raised in NW Indiana part of Chicagoland, DEE-troit seemed to be the, er, rural version. We always called it dee-TROIT. People who call it DEE-troit probably also refer to LOO-eee-vil.

  25. Meryl A Nov 13th 2012 at 03:07 am 25

    In NY it is common to drop the g at the end of ing - hence sprayin. (or the band Hot Tuna, which locally was known as Hot F…in’ Tuna.

    Much of the NY accent comes from the Dutch accent mixing into the English.

    My dad used to tell me that NYers got up oily in the morning to check the earl in their cars.

    When out of state I was told that NYers are obvious as they want cawfee and chawclt. Since then I watch how I say these words and am happy to say that when I provide my address to someone out of state on the telephone they are usually surprised that I am from NY, although I can do a really good imitation of “The Nanny” if I want to.

    Can someone explain to me though, how in Virginia Talifero can be pronounced Tolliver?

  26. drdan Nov 21st 2012 at 05:52 am 26

    I an very late to this thread, but….
    In the 6th grade we had a teacher who asked us to make a sentence using the words, defeat, deduct, defense, and detail. 10 minutes later after a few feeble tries he said
    “Defeat of deduct tripped over defence and broke detail”
    since we were in Central NM we had no idea what he was saying, but it was funny when he explained. Han not thought of that in a very long time

  27. mitch4 Nov 21st 2012 at 08:04 am 27

    Assignment: Use the words “analyze” and “anatomy” in a sentence .. in fact, in a rhyme or song.


    My analyze over the ocean
    My analyze over the sea
    My analyze over the ocean
    Oh bring back my anatomy

  28. Elyrest Nov 21st 2012 at 11:52 am 28

    “Defeat of deduct tripped over defence and broke detail”

    drdan - I’m gonna use this one at Thanksgiving dinner, when the conversation lags, just to hear the groans. Thanks!

  29. Lola Nov 21st 2012 at 12:31 pm 29

    And I’d heard it as “Defeat of deduct go over the defense before detail.”

    Mitch4 - never heard that one. It’s great!

  30. Boise Ed Nov 30th 2012 at 03:52 pm 30

    Mark in Boston (#17), drdan (#26), mitch4 (#27), thank you each and all for the ROTFLMAO.

  31. DrDan Dec 15th 2012 at 12:31 am 31

    how did it go?

  32. Elyrest Dec 15th 2012 at 12:43 am 32

    DrDan - Defeat of dejoke when demind went deblank on depunchline. :-(

    I still got laughs though!

  33. DrDan Dec 15th 2012 at 02:46 am 33

    Sweet, nice going

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