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Detroit Slang

by Kim Goodin. Posted Oct 20th 2010 04:20 PM
Detroit Slang

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Detroit slang is an ever-evolving dictionary of words and phrases with roots in regional Michigan, the Motown music scene, African-American communities and drug culture, among others. The local lingo of Detroit can be cryptic, but with a few pointers you should be able to decipher it easily enough.

Detroit has an unusual dialect. Although it shares some similarities, Detroit lingo is distinct from the local language used in the rest of the state of Michigan. Usually attributed to its proximity to Canada and the large number of Southerners who moved here during the first half of the 1900s, the Detroit accent is distinctive for its flat "a" vowel sounds and a slight drawl. Many people claim they can detect a Polish influence as well.

There's a tendency here to add a possessive "s" to the end of business names. It's common in other parts of the Midwest, too, even into New York state. The classic example is K-Mart, which is called "K-Mart's" in much of the region. Another frequent quirky feature of Detroit lingo is the addition of a "d" in the past tense of words like drown and stole, which become "drownded" and "stoled." Many Detroiters also add "eh" to the end of their sentences. It's that Canadian influence again.

But back to the subject at hand: Detroit slang.
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Detroit with Kids: A Perfect Family Day

by Kim Goodin. Posted Oct 14th 2010 04:20 AM
Detroit with Kids: A Family Vacation

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A visit to Detroit with kids is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of family vacation ideas. After all, the city has been in the news repeatedly over the years for its high crime rate and poverty level. No question about it, Detroit is suffering. The good news is that the Detroit area is chock full of things to do, even with kids. If you extend your plans to include travel outside the city proper, you can enjoy unique and fun family vacations in Detroit with kids.
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Detroit Mythbusters

by Kim Goodin. Posted Oct 13th 2010 04:19 PM
Detroit Mythbusters

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Detroit urban myths are like those of any other city. Some of them have roots in reality, some are just the result of pranks, and some develop over time as a way to explain something unusual. Take, for example, Detroit's "knock-knock streets." The story goes that if you drive slowly down a certain street, the ghost of a child who was killed in a car accident will knock on your car. The specific street changes from decade to decade, and there's never a record of an accident at that location. That's one clear case of Detroit mythbusters.

Here are a few more to test your detecting skills.
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Coolest Cities in the States

by Aefa Mulholland. Posted Jun 22nd 2010 01:00 PM

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Dread the hottest months of the year? We track down the happening hotspots in the States where you won't break a sweat.
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Top 10 Gambling Destinations in the US

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Sep 18th 2009 05:45 PM

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Searching for a winning getaway? Why not test your luck at the casino, where you can always bet on a good time even if you don't hit the jackpot?

The Chinese peninsula of Macau may be the top gaming destination in the world these days, but Las Vegas proves that Americans still know how to put the "sin" in Sin City, and so do these other dice-rolling, light-flashing, slot-slinging destinations across the U.S.
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