The Baltimore accent, also known as the Baltimorese or Bawlmerese, is a distinct accent that is unique to Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

It is characterized by its distinctive vocal patterns, rhythm, and pronunciation, which sets it apart from other American English accents.

One of the most notable features of the Baltimore accent is its vowel pronunciation:

  • In Baltimore, the word "cot" is pronounced more like "cat" and the word "don't" is pronounced as "dawnt."
  • Similarly, the word "doll" is pronounced as "dawl," and the word "roof" is pronounced as "ruff."
  • The vowel sounds in Baltimore English are often elongated and pronounced with a distinctive twang, which is unique to the accent.

Another notable feature of the Baltimore accent is its use of glottal stops.

  • In Baltimore, a glottal stop is used to replace the "t" sound at the end of words like "but" or "what."
  • The glottal stop is also used in place of the "t" sound in words like "water," which is pronounced as "wah-er."

In addition to its pronunciation, the Baltimore accent is also characterized by its use of slang and colloquial expressions.

  • For example, residents of Baltimore might use words like "hon" to refer to someone they know, or "youse" instead of "you."
  • The accent also incorporates words and expressions that are unique to Baltimore, such as "yinz," which is a local version of "you all."

The Baltimore accent is an important part of the city's cultural identity and continues to be a defining characteristic of Baltimore's speech. It is still widely spoken by Baltimore residents.

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