Philadelphia-based crime drama Mare of Easttown has become a frequent pop-culture talking point of late, even inspiring a parody sketch on last week’s SNL (Gritty and the Philly Phanatic both made cameos). The binge-worthy HBO murder mystery is getting attention, not just for its somber tone and Kate Winslett’s lead performance as a hardened detective with a tragic past, but for the distinct “Delco” accent used by Winslett and other cast members.
A fan of the show, ESPN personality Mina Kimes—with encouragement from colleagues Israel Gutierrez, Pablo Torre, Kevin Blackistone and host Tony Reali—amused the panel by putting her own spin on the Delco accent, making reference to Wawa hoagies while going to great lengths to pronounce her O’s on Wednesday’s Around the Horn.
Kimes, a Phoenix native with no affiliation to Philly whatsoever outside her required weekly viewings of Easttown, noticed she subconsciously slipped into a Delco accent a day earlier while providing analysis on NFL Live.
While Kimes felt she “nailed” the impression, others responded less favorably, accusing the 35-year-old of blurring the line between Baltimore (as hilariously demonstrated by longtime SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt) and Philly dialects. Some critics, presumably more seasoned in the intricacies of Philly’s local cadence, took to Twitter to share their advice, offering Kimes tips on how to craft a more authentic Delco accent.
There are still three one-hour episodes remaining in Mare of Easttown, providing Kimes plenty of source material in her ongoing quest to become a fluent, Philly speaker.