Two Different Dialects
in Two Different American States: New
York & Alabama
Vinny: What's the
matter with you?
Mona Lisa: I don't know...
Vinny: You're actin' like you're nervous or something.
Mona Lisa: Well, yeah, I am.
Vinny: What are you nervous about? I'm the one under the gun
here. Trial starts tomorrow.
Mona Lisa: You wanna know what I'm nervous about? I'll tell you
what I'm nervous about! I am in the dark here with all this legal crap.
I have no idea what's going on! All I know is that you're screwing up
and I can't help!
Vinny: You left me that little camera, didn't you?
Mona Lisa: Oh, Vinny! I'm watching you go down in flames, and
you're bringing me with you and I can't do anything about it.
Mona Lisa: Well, I hate to bring it up, because I know you have
enough pressure on you already. BUT, we agreed to get married as soon
as you won your first case. Meanwhile, ten years later, my niece! The
daughter of my sister is getting married! My biological clock is tickin'
like this, and with the way this case is goin', I ain't never gettin'
Vinny: Lisa, I don't need this. I swear to God I don't need this
right now. Okay? I've got a judge that's just achin' to throw me in
jail! An idiot who wants to fight me for $200! Slaughtered pigs! Giant
loud whistles! I ain't slept in five days! I've got no money! A dress
code problem! And a little murder case, which in the balance holds the
lives of two innocent kids. Not to mention....YOUR biological clock!
My career! Your life! Our marriage! And let's see...what else can we
pile on? Is there any more shit we can pile on to the top of the outcome
of this case?! IS IT POSSIBLE?
Mona Lisa: Maybe it was a bad time to bring it up.
person: "got mud in your tires?"
Vinny: "let me ask a question, how do you get mud into
"no, that's just a figure of speech. The mud gets around
the inside of the wheels".
2. The second dialogue,
below,occured inside a court in the southern state, between "Vinny"
and the "Judge":
Vinny: Is it possible, the two
Judge: Eh, the two what? Uh, uh, what was that word?
Vinny: Uh, what word?
Judge: Two what?
Judge: Uh, did you say 'Utes'?
Vinny: Yeah, two utes.
Judge:What is a ute?
Vinny: Oh, excuse me, your honor. Two YOUTHS.
- It is interesting
to learn that, although the two are native American English speakers,
they also get to misunderstand some of each other's speech. Can
you think of this kind of diffrence in some Arabic dialects, or maybe,
Kuwaiti Arabic dialects?