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I was born in Mississippi and raised in New Jersey by Southern parents. So it’s safe to say that I was exposed to a nice blend of colorful accents at an early age. It was always fun to watch my parents, with their slow Southern twang, interact with real N.J. natives (picture Scarlett O’Hara having coffee with Caroline Manzo). Now as I’m sure you can imagine, neither Oxford, Mississippi nor River Vale, New Jersey had a high concentration of British ex-pats. So while I became very comfortable with all sorts of American dialects, I didn’t have much access to the elegant sound of the original English tongue.
My limited introduction to the English accent came from bootleg concert albums of Ozzie Osbourne and History Channel replays of great Winston Churchill speeches. Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century and a world-renowned orator, sounded like he was gargling water when he spoke. Ozzie, less an oratory genius but as much the English performer, sounded more like he was gargling acid. The point being --the English accent was fascinating. However, it was fairly unintelligible to me.
Now my wife comes from that great civilization which gave us both Churchill and Osborne. From the day I met Rosie, I was struck as much by her brilliance and quick wit, as I was by her beauty. She was so sharp and so quick with her humor that I always found myself playing catch-up. And I was so mesmerized by her that I never got around to divulging that I couldn’t follow many of the words coming out of her mouth. I would have asked her to repeat herself had I been able to keep up with most conversations.
Your blog just ooozes with love for your Rosie. She's got a great guy! And as for her "undiagnosable" speech impediment, it really is hard to pinpoint. However, I notice she says things like "hole-eh mole-eh" instead of" holee molee." It's like her tongue sticks out too much sometimes when she talks. Maybe she has a weak tongue! Like you say, she's smart and adorable just the way she is.
I would like to tell Rosie that I was so touched by her coming out conversation with Kathy's kids, that I cried. I hope you find Love as you are so full of Love to give to someone nice. Take care kid and have fun finding her. Hope to see you more on the show ur funny. Especially when you drove up in the red car,lol.
I love Rosie'e accent too! But I understand how it could be a touchy subject to broach someone with.
Daron, I am so happy you were brave enough to broach the subject with Rosie. I've never paid any attention to the blogs before, but while watching the show, I couldn't help but be distracted by her "lisp/accent/impediment." I, along with many others, was trying to figure out exactly what was different. I totally agree with you in that it is very adorable. Glad to know that it wasn't just me that noticed. And while I am not a regular viewer, the show is very cute and fun to watch sometimes. The annoying parents get on my nerves so I don't tune in that often. LOL! Good luck to you and your family.
Rosie has a great accent and those who mock her are just haters! Think you did the right thing, Daron, and we all know you did it out of love!
Rosie is wonderful, but I think she should work with the voice coach to find the right balance – to keep her charm, her individuality, a trace of her accent, but to improve her articulation, especially when she speaks swiftly. There's a tendency to hold on to old habits, especially if we think they define who we are – but just as Rosie helps her clients get past their resistance to find their truer, better selves, I'm sure she can rise to the challenge to do the same. It's not a question of losing her self, it's a question of presenting herself, her intelligence, her common sense, her groundedness, and her charm, as effectively as possible. Communication, as we all know, requires effort, and persistence – this is certainly something she can work with the voice coach to accomplish :)