Finally! An Explanation of Why New Yorkers Talk so Funny!
According to Dick Yarbrough, in an article of May 2, New Yorkers talk funny because "everyone talks in a hurry because they want to get off the streets before they are mugged. New Yorkers say things like 'Watchwhereth **%@# yurgoin,'meaning, 'Excuse me, but you stepped in front of me,' and "fuggedabowdit,' which translates as, 'Thank you, but I must respectfully decline.'"
And an interesting take on the meaning/use distinction from the article: Southerners have the same words as everyone else, they just assign them different meanings.
I'm with you Dick. I'm with you. Only, what about those wonderful Texas accents?