HOW TO SPEAK "CAPE"
THE WAY EARLY SETTLERS DID

America is a land of many accents. Visitors to Cape Cod quickly discover that the natives here sound a little different when they speak as well. Many pronounce "lobster" as "lob-stah", "chowder" becomes "chow-dah", and so on.

During colonial times, these differences were even greater than now. Cape settlers commonly added extra syllables to everyday words still in use today. So if you want to speak like a native of Old Yarmouth, here's some coaching by those who know.

The words below are a sampling of those in common use by the early settlers. Look through the list, then press the button and listen to how Cape Codders in centuries past may have spoken them.

Fire

Poor

Shore

Mackerel

Scallop

Plover

Window

Oil

Barnstable

Yarmouth

Northeaster

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