Summary: Growing Up In Baltimore

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Baltimore, Maryland is where I was born and raised. Baltimore can be considered a Mid-Atlantic state, but it’s south of the Mason-Dixon line. Baltimore can claim to be a blend of Northern and Southern American traditions. Baltimore is well known for its riots, violence, crime rate, the movie The Wire, and gang activities. Baltimore is very dangerous. Baltimore has a bad reputation that makes people think twice about whether they would want to visit or live in Baltimore. Growing up in Baltimore is a challenge. Growing up in Baltimore is a challenge because you are judged and stereotyped based on how we act and talk. The biggest challenge that every Baltimorean face is how we pronounce words and how we use slang. The language used in Baltimore …show more content…
Baltimorean’s accents can be classified as both southern and northern. Baltimoreans do not pronounce every letter in some words. We use a lot of phrases, slang, and we shorthand a lot of words and phrases as well. Baltimore’s phonology plays a huge role in having a conversation and pronouncing words because Baltimoreans do not pronounce every letter in certain words or we shorthand words and phrases. Baltimore’s lexicon plays a role when calling our family or friends by their relations to us. Baltimoreans have a very distinct way that we act when we are speaking to someone. Baltimoreans intonation is well known for showing our emotions, talking fast, and making a lot of movements. Baltimoreans accents and use of slang is easy to understand, however, it hinders us because we do not know that we shorthand everything we say and we use slang everywhere we go. It also hinders us because we are all labeled as uneducated, ghetto, and unprofessional because we don’t speak proper. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland is a struggle because of its bad reputation due to the amount of violence and being known for always using slang no matter where we go. To sum up everything, Baltimoreans have a southern and northern accent, we shorthand everything, and use a lot of

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