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    butterscotch sound

    Could someone please explain what is a butterscotch sound?
    "A voice as smooth as Smith's was harsh. The butterscotch sound of the Deep South"

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    Re: butterscotch sound

    This is a very difficult metaphor to describe.

    This person had an accent typical of the Deep South in the US. His Southern accent is very noticable - it's warm, sweet, slow, and comforting.

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    Re: butterscotch sound

    It may help to know that butterscotch is a sweet (candy). But as Barb said it's a difficult metaphor to analyse; maybe - come to think of it - she deliberately didn't mention candies.


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    Re: butterscotch sound

    Well, I'm pretty sure the person being described calls women "Sugar," but it will sound like "Shuh-gauh." Sort of.

    I can hear exactly what the person means in my head, but it would be very hard to describe.

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    Re: butterscotch sound

    Think of someone you know who has an annoying voice. Now picture if you could pour honey or molasses (or butterscotch) down his throat in order to coat and "soothe" his vocal cords and make his voice sound "sweeter," or more tolerable.

    For example, this woman has an annoying voice. On the other hand, in this scene, Scarlett O'Hara speaks in the traditional honeyed tones of a Southern belle.

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    Re: butterscotch sound

    It means lovely, charming, as Southerners are the most polite Americans, by a long shot, and they have a disarmingly modest vernacular accent.


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    Re: butterscotch sound

    Thanks all for the explanations.

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