Ford: New Yorkers 'talk funny'

A former House lawmaker eyeing a Senate run in the Empire State said that New Yorkers "talk funny."

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) was speaking to the New York Post’s Fred Dicker when he made the observation, which sounded slightly odd considering that Ford had just finished saying he was the victim of a political "schmear" campaign.

"I think schmear is something you put on a bagel," Dicker corrected the likely Senate hopeful.


"I'm a little country,” Ford replied. “I apologize...it's "smear", s-m-e-a-r," he spelled out, adding, "Y'all talk funny."

The same could be said of Ford, whose Tennessee accent sounded at odds with Dicker's Northeastern staccato.

According to the Urban Food Dictionary, a schmear is Yiddish slang for a dab of something spread on bread, most often used to describe cream cheese on bagels.