I was working in southern Alabama once with this pipefitter who was from the area. About noon I said to the pipefitter "did you eat yet" but with my SI accent it came out as
"ja eat yet" So he said what's that. I said "ja eat yet." He could not figure out what I was asking, and I could not figure out what the problem was. He finally yelled out "what the hell is a ja eat yet you damn yankee." I never realized I pronouced "did you" as "ja." And they never let me forget it either.
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