The Philly Accent is Steadily Changing

If you say, "wooder ice," when you order a water ice treat, or scream, "Go Iggles!" when the Eagles are playing, chances are, you're from Philadelphia—or as some residents call it, "Fluffya."

A Penn linguistics study shows that traditional Southern inflections associated with Philadelphia native-born speakers are being affected by Northern influences. Current accents are moving toward patterns heard in the Northern dialects of western New England, New York state, and the Great Lakes Region.

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Video by Kurtis Sensenig, Office of University Communications