So the other day driving to work a strange thought came to mind...
Garnish is a strange word. As a noun it's often (but not always) an edible accoutrement to embellish the presentation of food (usually in restaurants). Something that is added to make something better.
As a verb on the other hand, it generally means to take away-- as in garnishing wages. Something taken away, generally against one's will.
Speaking of language, one of the companies my company works with is based in Quebec. Whenever I call I get their receptionist which speaks a delightful hodge-podge that can probably best be described as Quebenglish. I generally need to speak to one of two people, both of which with very French-Canadian sounding names, so I try to "French it up" to confuse the receptionist... Sometimes she replies: "un momen' si vous plait" and other times it's more an "un momen' please." It really makes me miss my days growing up on the NY/Quebec border.
Here in the Chicago area I get a rather different mix of languages... Far more Spanish, little or no French, and a surprising smattering of Polish (although not too surprising, the Chicago area has the largest Polish population outside Warsaw), Italian, Vietnamese, Korean, and a handful of other languages. It's particularly interesting to scan the AM dial and pick up multiple Polish stations in addition to the many Spanish stations.
Speaking of Chicago... There is a Chicago accent. It's generally limited to those who live on the South Side of the city and hasn't really spread out to the burbs. Some examples of the Chicago accent:
Words with "th" endings drop the "h"-- So they aren't southsiders so much as Soutsiders.
Sammich -- people don't eat sandwiches, they eat "sammiches"
Sassage -- Many "soutsiders" like to have "sassage" in their "sammiches."
And on a chilly autumn Sunday afternoon many "soutsiders" are likely enjoyin' an Italian Beef "sammich" or possibly a "Maxwell Street Sassage" while watching Da Bears in their "frunchrooms."
The best way to experience the Chicago accent is to hear a press conference or interview with "hizzoner da mayor," Richard M. Daley has the stereotypical Chicago accent.
Oh and Chicago style hot dogs and pizza are da best!