Photograph of the Day – You say tomato

A little obtuse perhaps but hearing Graeme McDowell after his win at the US Masters golf championship and his ridiculous mid/transatlantic accent, i was thinking about how accents do change and etymology and stuff. Anyways i have always thought it a little odd that our American cousins pronounce the word buoy  so very differently ie booey where as we pronounce it boy.

And old photograph before these were painted

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  • Bulmer

    Was a mite alarming to hear this all American kid this morning.

    But since the Yank accent has its roots in Norn Irn is it surprising we so easily pick it up?

  • Re-engaged

    Your right Bulmer it is also the one accent that we from this island do not tend to sound out of keeping with

  • Tochais Síoraí

    I thought it was Van Morrison talkng when I first heard him this morning.

  • Reader

    Moochin Photoman: Anyways i have always thought it a little odd that our American cousins pronounce the word buoy so very differently ie booey where as we pronounce it boy.
    At a guess, ‘buoy’ was obscure enough to escape the great yankee spelling rationalisation, so it eventually succumbed to rationalised pronuncuation instead.

  • JaneJeffers


    I never heard him talk before, but what a monstrosity of an accent.

    It sounds like he threw in a bit of Kiwi / South African too.

  • latcheeco

    And its worse than yalls’ fake, made up Bangorese/BBCNI accent how? When did school become skull anyway? Did you never hear the bould twitter Eamon on the radio? Where’s his accent from?

    So the kid wins big at the masters and all you can do is slabber about his accent. Anybody else would be cheering him.

  • First point is that you’re right i didn’t congratulate him so well done Graeme.
    Second point i certainly don’t have a made up Bangorese (made up word) BBCNI accent.
    Thirdly i haven’t a baldy notion when school became skull (if it ever has).
    Fourthly yes i’ve heard him and i’d hazard a quess that you know rightly that Eamonn would be from the Southern part of the Island.
    Fifthly this is going to turn into a proper slabber so i’ll leave it at that.
    So why do they pronounce buoy as booey?

  • latcheeco

    Jesus, yer very defensive for a chap calling something someone else does ridiculous. He wins Open, you wander around Castle Court taking pictures…

    Yep, Bangorese is a made up word for a made up accent and “yalls” would be plural/collective, not used by you personally perhaps, but nonetheless ubiquitously employed around you by fools trying to sound uncommon/Crawfordsburn and their mammies on the telephone .

    Your buoy’s not like any Mexican I ever heard; maybe it’s that Dointoin Radio twang.

    Yanks sometimes tend to simplify things to make it easier;perhaps because of immigration. Hence there’s not a boy drowning by the buoy, makes sense no?

  • anna29

    Well now,… can opened, worms all over the shop! It came as no shock to me that Graeme McDowell speaks with his psuedo-American accent as it is indeed the most human of reactions to “mimic” that which is audible and all around us. Indeed my eldest daughter, as part of her degree, came back from Arizona after on 6 months with a very well tailored twang!.

    I however, as a Scottish ex-pat of some thirty years have held on to my very West-of Scotland brogue, coupled with the fact that my mother was first generation Italian and we were brought up in a bi-lingual household. This has been a very conscious decision as I one day hope to return and I so want to avoid the inevitable ribbing and shouts of
    “Hey Molly Malone”… It was however brout to my attention at a presentation I gave to a group of speech therapists the is is a sign of “True Intellect” if you can hold on to your native accent whilst living in another place….I take great solice in this! 🙂

  • anna29

    should have checked the spelling in the above !!!!