So I don’t know if I’ve ever shared it before. AJ hears me in her head and I’m not exactly like I should sound. I wasn’t born in New York City but that is where I grew up in all those language learning years. And as AJ edits my story, we realized we have a chance to really put that out there in the way I speak.
I grew up in Manhattan. I grew up in the Venatori where AJ envisions more a melting pot of cultures since we are sort of from everywhere as it’s HQ. But me I went out in the world since I was young. My best friend has lived in Hell’s Kitchen since I’ve known him. Tis the nature of his wolf pack life. So I got a heavy dose of New York Culture and language.
I should talk like I’m from Manhattan. I should talk faster than normal most people. It’s one of those key things people need to remind me about. Since in writing we can’t exactly speed up words. We can’t draw those A’s out and shorten those ending Rs.
One of AJ’s favorite Meme’s is the Boston Accent and how you and I pronounce Car Keys with a picture of car keys, and then there is the word ‘khakis’ and a picture of a pair of khaki pants… Boston accents sound exactly like that. But you can’t write khaki’s or we’ll totally mess up the meaning of the sentence. But those little descriptive words can be used. “Slow down Nox.” “You talk to fast.” But the biggest problem really is that for me in New York – everyone’s gonna talk like me. It’s really only seen in The First Hunt where I leave. Maybe when I meet some out of towners. But really we are all going to sound the same. So it’s never really a priority. But there is Alex, who is not native so there is that. And maybe Ryan corrects me, maybe Ant too – their worldly people.
But below are a few videos about New York speak. The first one here is the difference in the boroughs. Which is mostly true. The next two are actual ‘tutorial’ types on the New York Accent like the drawn out A’s and the short R’s. It’s kinda funny cause AJ has a habit of saying the individual words – specifically coffee and sauce very much like a New Yorker. Her family makes fun of her. But if it’s in a sentence it’s not nearly as noticeable to her but it’s cawfee and sawse.
Editing is going to be fun looking for all the little nuanced things.