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What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?
The Economic Policy Journal ^ | 11-24-2011 | By Xavier Kun

Posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:03 PM PST by blam

What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?

November 24, 2011
Xavier Kun

To most Americans, an accent is something that only other people have, those other people usually being in New York, Boston, and the South. And of those other people, half of the ones you meet will swear they "don't have an accent."

Well, strictly speaking, the only way to not have an accent is to not speak. If you're from anywhere in the USA you have an accent (which may or may not be the accent of the place you're from). Go through this short quiz and you'll find out just which accent that is.

1. What is your age? Under 18 Years Old 18 to 24 Years Old 25 to 30 Years Old 31 to 40 Years Old 41 to 50 Years Old 51 to 60 Years Old Over 60 Years Old 2. What is your gender? Male Female

3. We're going to start with two ordinary words, "cot" and "caught." Do you think those words sound the same or different? Same Different Same, no wait I mean different, well, I don't know...

4. What about "don" and "dawn"? Same Different Same...ish. Maybe a little different.

5. OK, what about "stock" and "stalk"? Same Different Almost, but not quite, the same

6. Now then how do "collar" and "caller" sound? Same Different Almost, but not quite, the same

7. Do you think the word "on" rhymes with "dawn" or with "don"? dawn don Well, I don't think don and dawn sound any different in the first place so on would obviously rhyme with both

8. Moving on, what do you think about "Mary," "merry," and "marry"? All 3 sound different Mary and merry sound the same but marry is different from them All 3 sound the same

9. Our next word is "horrible." How does that first vowel sound? It's just like in the word "whore." It's the same "o" sound as in "hot." Neither one

10. Now for "pen" and "pin." Don't worry about what others say is correct, just tell us how they come out in an ordinary conversation. Same Different Close. Pen sounds almost, but not quite, like pin.

11. What about "feel" and "fill"? Same Different Well, I think they're different even though they sound very, very similar almost to the point of being the same

12. When you say "about," does the "ou" sound like the "ou" in "loud"? No Yes

13. Last question. When you say "bag" does it rhyme with "vague"? Yes No


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KEYWORDS: accent; accents; language; linguistics; region; slang
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I got my accent correct.

1 posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:07 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
I'm in Dallas...Born and raised in Fort Worth...

What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Inland North
2 posted on 11/25/2011 4:23:11 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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I think I have a mixed up accent—probably depends on the word. My mom is from England. My dad is from NC. I was born in AL, but grew up from a toddler to 7 years in ME, and the rest of the time I’ve been in CO. A little off topic, I remember coming to CO and I didn’t understand for a short time what my friends were talking about when they referred to a “coke” as a “pop”. We called it a soda or a coke.


3 posted on 11/25/2011 4:23:47 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: blam

Well, I have a Noo Yawk accent, but they pegged me as philly so I guess that’s pretty close

Let’s have some cawfee and tawlk abowt it!


4 posted on 11/25/2011 4:23:47 PM PST by jocon307
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To: blam

According to the quiz, this Texan is from the northeast.


5 posted on 11/25/2011 4:24:10 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: blam

Midwest, educated, upper middle class accent. The so-called anchor man’s accent. Almost universally recognized as the “true”, most respected and recognized American accent. Basically, the way God would talk.


6 posted on 11/25/2011 4:25:13 PM PST by Krankor
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To: Sans-Culotte

Nothing in there about why so many people misspell Warshington as “washington” ~ sounds so pansy.


7 posted on 11/25/2011 4:27:06 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: blam

We speak NoDak, you betchya.


8 posted on 11/25/2011 4:27:16 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: blam

Says I have a Midland accent, which means know accent at all. The test would be correct.


9 posted on 11/25/2011 4:28:23 PM PST by beandog (Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand)
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To: Krankor

Or Charlton Heston. Basically the same thing.


10 posted on 11/25/2011 4:28:43 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Dallas59

I’m from Virginny, born and raised, and it said I have a midland accent.


11 posted on 11/25/2011 4:29:01 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: blam

I have the irritated superior accent.


12 posted on 11/25/2011 4:29:30 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: blam
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The Midland
 
The South
 
North Central
 
Boston
 
The West
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

It's where I am from, so I guess I passed....

13 posted on 11/25/2011 4:29:54 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Cain = National Sales Tax; Perry = Amnesty for Illegals; Romney = Obamacare forever. Who's left?)
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To: blam

Hmmmm... Got me right on, North Central, but when it says, “You probably don’t think the People in “Fargo” don’t sound funny,” I laughed, because I think they sound severely funny... so, I must sound severely funny. :D


14 posted on 11/25/2011 4:30:35 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: blam
Didn't even come close.

Not only am I NOT from the Northeast, I have never even spent an apprciable amount of time there.

Of course, the fact that I HAVE spent aprecciable amounts of time overseas, in the mid east and far east, may have something to do with it.

15 posted on 11/25/2011 4:31:06 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: blam

Mine is inland North but I have lived in Southern California all my life.


16 posted on 11/25/2011 4:31:18 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Sans-Culotte

Very good! I’ve never heard it put quite that way, but you basically hit the nose right on the nostril.


17 posted on 11/25/2011 4:31:32 PM PST by Krankor
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To: Krankor

It booked me as an northern midwesterner, ‘though, by Gorry, I ain’t.


18 posted on 11/25/2011 4:32:09 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: blam

Got mine correct, too. I have some differences from a standard New York accent (because I spent some time as a child elsewhere), but basically, it identified me.


19 posted on 11/25/2011 4:32:14 PM PST by livius
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To: blam

I was born in and raised in Minnesota.....uff-da....lived in upstate NY, four years....eh?......raised my boys in Indiana....hoosier.....now live in Dallas TX....y’all.....depending on who I am talking to I can slip into any accent....if I start talking about the midwest....I sound like I am right from da old country.....


20 posted on 11/25/2011 4:32:40 PM PST by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: blam

Well, I am from Indy, but my answer came out Philly.

odd


21 posted on 11/25/2011 4:34:25 PM PST by dforest
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To: blam

>>>>What American accent do you have?<<<<

Your Result: The Inland North


22 posted on 11/25/2011 4:34:53 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Thorliveshere
Marge From North Dakota
23 posted on 11/25/2011 4:35:03 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: blam

Connecticut Yankee, born and raised, but I have a Bostonian accent, just like my mother (also born and raised in Connecticut).

I strive to enunciate clearly.


24 posted on 11/25/2011 4:35:37 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: blam

Yo, Philadelphia.


25 posted on 11/25/2011 4:37:58 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Dallas59

It messes up Texans alot. Said i was from Northeast. I have talked to people all over the US and the world. Every one said the couldn’t tell where I was from except my colloquialisms.


26 posted on 11/25/2011 4:38:03 PM PST by call meVeronica
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To: blam

Yep, I got the Inland North accent.

And I hate it when people say “fer” instead of “for”!!!!!


27 posted on 11/25/2011 4:38:54 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: blam
Very close but in my corner of southern Michigan and northwestern Ohio they say we have a distinct accent. Lots of southern influence in the southeast corner of Michigan.

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28 posted on 11/25/2011 4:41:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: blam

It says this Upstate NY youth, Missouri teen, and California adult is from the “Inland North.” I guess that might be considered an average of all three.


29 posted on 11/25/2011 4:42:15 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: blam

They say I have a Philadelphia accent tho I was born and reared in the Florida Panhandle.

When I lived in Western Kansas, people were constantly asking if I was from Texas.


30 posted on 11/25/2011 4:42:32 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Dallas59

Inland North. No accent whatsoever. Come on! I pronounce all the examples differently. And the result is that I’m from New York? Totally stoopid test! I have no accent whatsoever.


31 posted on 11/25/2011 4:42:56 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: blam

If you use the word “I” in nearly every sentence and say “Let me be clear” at the start of each paragraph, you are likely from Kenya.


32 posted on 11/25/2011 4:42:56 PM PST by festusbanjo (The National Nipple has run dry, All parasites still at the teat are merely tumors & must be cut off)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Tagged me.
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The Midland
 
The South
 
Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

33 posted on 11/25/2011 4:43:24 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: blam

Not that I have any education in the matter, but I have read that literary linguists have pinpointed the speech patterns with the different communities that Huck and Jim traveled through down the Mississippi River. I don’t think Mark Twain was necessarily showing off; he just knew the river intimately.


34 posted on 11/25/2011 4:44:09 PM PST by burroak
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To: Dallas59
"I'm in Dallas...Born and raised in Fort Worth..."

I also came out solidly as Inland North. I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and went to college at Texas Tech. I still remember one of the first social events I attended where I was chatting with a couple of sorority pledges after introductions we went through the usual questions about where we were from , our majors, and such. St one point the gals sort of giggled and shared something with each other that prompted me to ask what they found humorous.

They giggled again and one of them replied, "Ya'all tawak so fuuunie!"

35 posted on 11/25/2011 4:44:50 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Fresh Wind
Yo, Philadelphia.

Yo. me too. Did you take the "Philadelphia" quiz after the "accent" quiz?

36 posted on 11/25/2011 4:46:28 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: blam

How do you say ruined? Is it one, or two, syllables?


37 posted on 11/25/2011 4:46:46 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: call meVeronica

Well, they put me in the South, at least.

I’m Texas born and bred, and have lived most of my life here.


38 posted on 11/25/2011 4:47:07 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Chickensoup
It booked me as an northern midwesterner, ‘though, by Gorry, I ain’t.

Ummm...repeat after me, "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain."
39 posted on 11/25/2011 4:47:58 PM PST by Krankor
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To: blam

I’m from the Philadelphia area, and so I have no accent whatsoever.
Every other region in the country has an accent only in comparison to this region, which has no accent.
So there.


40 posted on 11/25/2011 4:48:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: blam

The West. Says something about having an accent with the lowest common denominator.


41 posted on 11/25/2011 4:49:15 PM PST by liege (Proud Hobbit with no intention of going back to Middle Earth.)
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To: blam
What American accent do you have?

Your Result: Boston

You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don't. Of course, that doesn't mean you are from the Boston area, you may also be from New Hampshire or Maine. Result Breakdown:

88% Boston

73% North Central

69% The West

55% The Midland 33% The Northeast

27% Philadelphia

15% The Inland North

12% The South

42 posted on 11/25/2011 4:49:23 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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The quiz tells me I have Northeastern accent, and I am, in fact, from the Northeast.

However, it also says that if I am from NYC (I am), everybody would be able to tell from my accent. This is hilarious, because just about everyone I know in NYC says, “Where are you from?”

Now...while I can DO a true-blue NYC accent (as well as a Lawg Island accent), my normal speaking voice is far, FAR from sounding like that. In other words, I don’t tawk like a New Yawkuh at awl.

When I speak to people from outside the NYC/Metro area, they ask the same question the NYC people ask: “Where are you from?” They know I don’t sound like them, but they don’t think I sound like Archie Bunker or one of the Sweathogs, either.

Regards,


43 posted on 11/25/2011 4:49:28 PM PST by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: blam

Mine said West. I guess living in San Diego for 12 years trumps my last 16 years in the midwest. lol Good to know most folks won’t think I have an accent.


44 posted on 11/25/2011 4:49:43 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“How do you say ruined? Is it one, or two, syllables?”

Two. Not “Runned”


45 posted on 11/25/2011 4:50:12 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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I think it just traces my ISP, but it was correct. I’m from the Midwest. Didn’t think I HAD an accent.


46 posted on 11/25/2011 4:51:05 PM PST by madison10
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To: Lancey Howard

Yep, pronouncing “Philly” like “fooey” and Eagles as “Iggles” is pure, unaccented American English, that’s what I always say.

Cheez Whiz and Steakum is good eatin’ too.


47 posted on 11/25/2011 4:51:09 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: blam

I only have an “African-American” accent when I want one.


48 posted on 11/25/2011 4:52:03 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Krankor

Ummm...repeat after me, “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.”
_____________________

ooohhh, Professor ‘iggens!


49 posted on 11/25/2011 4:52:37 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
How do you say ruined? Is it one, or two, syllables?

I grew up hearing it as "rurnt." So, one syllable. I do enunciate it with two syllables for the unlearned from elsewhere.

50 posted on 11/25/2011 4:53:36 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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