Date: Sun, 22 Sep 1996 18:15:41 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: on brogue
One more attestation on "brogue," Michael: My mother (b. 1906,
Minnesota), and presumably her siblings and peers, used "brogue"
regularly to refer to accent, most particularly (maybe exclusively--I
can't recall) to the Norwegian American English common in much of
Minnesota. Thus, "She really has the brogue," or "He can't talk the
brogue." In fact, I believe I thought it was a generic term for accent
(or dialect) until adulthood, when I picked up on the Irish connection.
Beverly Olson Flanigan (hence my interest!)