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MA Gov Advertises Wes to ’27 Prefrosh

If you were the governor of Massachusetts and a bunch of third graders asked you what your favorite book was, what would you say?  I’d actually start rambling about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – best book ever – but I’m not the governor of Massachusetts and I haven’t been in a third grade class in six years.  Anyway, here’s what the real governor said:

“I like a bunch of different books. Have you ever read any Mark Twain?” Again, like the John Legend response, blank stares. “He was a famous novelist and essayist who lived a long time ago, not too far from here,” the governor said, shifting to more of a teacher mode. “He grew up in the South and wrote about growing up on the Mississippi River. I love the way he writes.

“I also like to read history, biographies mostly, and there is a writer named William Manchester who used to teach at Wesleyan University and he wrote some amazing biographies including about a guy named Winston Churchill which I really like.”

Usually when I hear people adopting the “some guy” attitude, it means so much more.  Just sayin’.  If you’re dying to know, the next question was about his favorite food (all food).

Disclaimer: Math isn’t my strong point right now, so third graders may or may not be the eventual class of ’27.

[Thanks to Marianna Foos for the tip] [WBUR]

New Yawkers Tawk Wee’d

Jersey Shore = WesleyanIn today’s New York Times WesMention column, a Wesleyan alumna is quoted in an article about people attempting to get rid of their New York accents.  Read for yourself:

Lauren LoGiudice sought help for similar symptoms. “I would have sessions and I started to cry,” she said

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Miss LoGiudice’s accent didn’t matter when she was growing up in Howard Beach, a heavily Italian neighborhood in Queens where dropping r’s in words like doctor (doctuh) and water (wawtuh) just happens to be the way many people talk.

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“I grew up with people who could be the cast of ‘Jersey Shore,’ ” Miss LoGiudice, 27, said. It was not until she got to Wesleyan University that she realized how much her speech pigeonholed her. And as a young actress who is “tall and Anglican-looking,” she worried her accent would be a roadblock. “If I had looked like Meadow Soprano,” Miss LoGiudice said, “I wouldn’t have had to worry about my accent.”

From my experience, there’s still people with somewhat of an “heavily Italian neighborhood in Queens” accent around, though rarer than ever.