Essay

I Appropriated My Partner’s “Oy!”

My partner and I come from very different worlds. She was born and raised in Russia into her teen years. I resided at the same address in New Jersey until I was 25.

As a result, we have some different mannerisms. I strongly articulate my words, which started as a way to shun any formation of a Jersey accent. My partner, K (as I’ll call her), has a hard time making the English words “shirt” and “short” sound different.

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