I think the new heritage trend should be to bring back regional accents!
my role-model. they just dont get it when i do her impression over here.
RubyMel, I couldn't agree with you more. When I left Chicago I purposely lost whatever bit of the Midwest that might have clung to my speech, but these days I've been cultivating its return. And phrasings -- I'm all about the "geez louises" and "by the" used in place of "at the," and calling Tiffany "Tiffany's," as though visiting a friend. Everything takes on the possessive: Jewel's (local grocery store), Marshall Field's (now defunct and dearly missed Chicago department store; purchased by the reviled Macy's), JC Penny's.Daniel, I'm certainly, utterly certain, that Italy has dozens of Little Edie Beales tucked away in crumbling palazzi across the country. Probably one in every town. It's your task to befriend and affect the habits of every last one, then bring your subtly refined peculiarities home from the continent. I believe in you!