Lick My Whisk

12 Mar

“Mister, do you want a drink?” I ask for the fourth time.

“I think he’s okay right now,” Mammaw says. “He’s going to lick my whisk.”

“That sounds like a southern phrase of disbelief.” Aunt K says. She rustles up her best southern accent. “Well, lick my whisk.”

Have you ever tried to give a character an accent? Was it successful or unsuccessful?


What book do you think does the best job of using dialect?


Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Character


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2 responses to “Lick My Whisk

  1. salsanpeeps

    March 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Whenever I was younger, I wrote a story about the Civil War from the perspective of one of the Rebel Soldiers that used a southern accent. My father kept on harping on the importance of writing about something I knew.

    I don’t know the best book I ever read with an accent. The worst one for me was Angela’s Ashes. Yuck.

  2. Kelly Ehasz

    March 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    “Why I live at the PO” by Eudora Welty

    The most brilliant short story I every read.


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