Watching Ray Donovan is like a trip back home for me.
I grew up outside of Boston so the actors’ accents sounds normal. My accent was never quite that strong. I wasn’t a ‘Southie’ is the main reason.
I still have been ridiculed under the guise of ”charming” and mimicked when I left the New England area. How I pronounced quarter as ‘qwata’, or ‘sure’ as 3 syllables, or the college Harvard, as ‘Havid’.
While binge watching Ray Donovan my husband misses bits and pieces of the dialogue and I find myself translating Boston for him. Then the Elliott Gould character will use a Hebrew or Yiddish expression and I am translating that as well.
In series 2 when Abby Donovan is listening to elocution tapes, I cracked up. I mean she is a real pisser, (pissa)! If we are to believe after 20 years living in LA she still sounds pure Southie, elocution lessons aren’t going to cut it!
My own Mother had the worst or best Massachusetts accent in my family. She actually went to elocution classes with her Mother before she started school because English was not spoken at home. Her English was great, her vocabulary fantastic but her accent was full of no ‘R’s and ‘R’s put in where they did not exist, like ‘pizzer’ for pizza.
A few years back I had a job interview and the man interviewing me told me he liked my aggressive attitude. I asked him what aggressive attitude? What? I really didn’t get it until I was walking to my car. I did get the job. Can you take the girl out of Massachusetts but not the Massachusetts out of the girl?
I admit I do say, “Look at me”. I say it to my husband, kids, and friends, even dogs. I just want their full attention. I want them to look into my eyes and see my sincerity. I want them to see I mean what I am saying! I didn’t realize until I was watching Ray Donovan that this could be a colloquial expression.
So if it is wicked cold where you live and you haven’t watched Ray Donovan, I recommend it. There is a lot of sex and violence and the hammering theme of dysfunctional family issues in every episode. I may or may not quit after season 2. You might like it but if you don’t who cares. ‘You think yah betta than me?’ Do yah?