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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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To: AlmaKing; blam
My result was Northeast, but I’m from New Orleans.

My sons (growing up in TX) attended a Jesuit High School where all the priests were from New Orleans. They all sounded more like they were from Brooklyn, NY than from the South. I was told that the Brooklyn sound was the true New Orleans accent from a certain section.

251 posted on 11/26/2011 6:25:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Tramonto

cor-ner. Is there any other way?


252 posted on 11/26/2011 6:31:04 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: MEG33
I am from Texas and we always said Coke or Cold drink. Never in my life have I said soda or pop and I have heard some say soDEE. Did you ever notice how some people would say “coldBEER” ? It was all one word with the accent on the beer, as if to say someone might want a warmbeer. :D
253 posted on 11/26/2011 6:39:20 AM PST by Ditter
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To: blam

I got “the West”. Lowest score was “The Northeast”. I have lived in Vermont my entire life.


254 posted on 11/26/2011 6:45:29 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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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 Midland
 
The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
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255 posted on 11/26/2011 6:46:46 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE (Millions of government bureaucrats are gang raping and choking the life out of America.)
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To: Ditter

I think I have heard sodeewater, too. Yes..LOL..colBEER!


256 posted on 11/26/2011 6:49:48 AM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Bender2

Agreed, Bendy.

Here I am in Alabama, and it says I’m an “Inland North”, too.


257 posted on 11/26/2011 6:55:47 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: MEG33
I hear the word “strength” pronounced strangely sometimes too. I pronounce it with the accent on the “e” like streeength but I hear a lot of black people mostly put the accent on the “n” as in strennnth and leaving out the “g” completely. I hear this on TV and now from a few white TV personalities.
258 posted on 11/26/2011 7:03:12 AM PST by Ditter
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To: blam

I took it honestly, and it gave me “inland north” which impressed me since I’ve spent 30 years since quickly unlearning an Minnesota accent. It gave me a response having to do with people thinking I’m from Wisconsin.

Then, I tried answering the exact OPPOSITE of all of my answers, and it told me I was “North Central” which is the Minnesota (”Fargo” movie) accent.

(I’m less impressed now that I know the test thinks Wisconsin is the exact opposite of Minnesota. Basically, it just tells me I don’t have the key indicators of a southern or eastern accent.)


259 posted on 11/26/2011 7:12:26 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Bender2

I should have more of a drawl, being born in AL, and living most of my life in TX. However, I concentrated on learning correct pronunciation while growing up. I was a theater major in college, and did some community theater work; so I have a pretty good ear for accents. However, I’m sure I have some regional habits of which I’m not aware.


260 posted on 11/26/2011 7:49:51 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Fresh Wind

Surprised more people than Texans call EVERY soft drink a coke.

“what do you want to drink?”

“coke”

“what kind?”

“Dr Pepper”


261 posted on 11/26/2011 8:27:40 AM PST by gopheraj
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To: oldteen

LOl.


262 posted on 11/26/2011 8:56:28 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: gitmo

You sound a bit like my mom. Her dad was in the navy so they moved all over the place. After living in VA for a while they moved to New Jersey where she got teased at school for her ‘southern accent.’


263 posted on 11/26/2011 8:58:12 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: blam
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264 posted on 11/26/2011 9:08:55 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: blam
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

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

265 posted on 11/26/2011 9:13:57 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Fresh Wind

I always say coke. As you can see in the Florida map, the places where they say soda are snowbird counties. Ny’ers and others that screwed up their state them come down here to screw up mine and elect people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.


266 posted on 11/26/2011 9:15:29 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Fresh Wind

I always say coke. As you can see in the Florida map, the places where they say soda are snowbird counties. Ny’ers and others that screwed up their state then come down here to screw up mine and elect people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.


267 posted on 11/26/2011 9:15:50 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Bender2

Amenski,mate!!!


268 posted on 11/26/2011 9:29:28 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Charles Henrickson
when I'm battling traffic there, my wife says my Chicago accent gets worse

I know what you mean -- in similar circumstances, my Buffalo "accent" comes out....

269 posted on 11/26/2011 9:40:53 AM PST by mikrofon (Inland North here ... "Right Off The Boat" was not an option ;)
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To: Springman

Self bump for later.


270 posted on 11/26/2011 9:45:42 AM PST by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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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."

Result Breakdown:

100% The Inland North
64% The Northeast
60% The Midland
60% Philadelphia
50% The South
29% North Central
18% The West
6% Boston

What American Accent Do You Have?

Carbonated drinks are called soda. I know very few people who call it pop - maybe a few old timers.

271 posted on 11/26/2011 9:56:40 AM PST by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I can’t even make myself say it lie that since there are 2 syllables in it.;) RUE END and said as strongly as the caps imply.


272 posted on 11/26/2011 10:16:11 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

Oh, it’s not that hard. You can say “burnt,” can’t you? Just merge the word “rural” with the word “burnt” and there you go. Rurnt.


273 posted on 11/26/2011 10:28:06 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Obama, is that you?


274 posted on 11/26/2011 10:45:57 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: blam
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

More loike the *o* in ^ore, mate. And of course the first letter *h* is silent.

Good thing they didn;t ask me about zebras...

275 posted on 11/26/2011 12:09:31 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: blam

Midland?
I have lived in Western Washington all my life.


276 posted on 11/26/2011 12:18:36 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Bender2

“So, I will take my knows the difference... but sound like a hick accent over a East Coast Degree not worth the match it would take to burn it.”

Well said, Bend. Wisdom is where you find it, and I’ve heard precious little come from the Ivy Leagues.


277 posted on 11/26/2011 12:35:31 PM PST by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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To: blam
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The South
 

That's a Southern accent you've got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don't have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it.




American by birth -
Southern by the grace of God.


278 posted on 11/26/2011 12:47:40 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: blam

Mine was wrong! Results, Southern! But I don’t, I have a Texas accent, ya know where we say nukular!!


279 posted on 11/26/2011 12:50:49 PM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY (The Silent Majority is roaring!!)
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To: Krankor

I am glad you don’t have a low self esteem problem!!


280 posted on 11/26/2011 12:53:36 PM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY (The Silent Majority is roaring!!)
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To: beaversmom

I eat peecan pies.

Now. when buying toothpaste, do you present a discount coo-pon or que-pon?


281 posted on 11/26/2011 1:04:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: blam

Does Herb grow ‘erbs, or does ‘erb grow herbs?


282 posted on 11/26/2011 1:08:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
cor-ner. Is there any other way?

I grew up saying kwun-ner up in Sussex County, New Jersey. No one had a problem with it until I moved to Oregone.

283 posted on 11/26/2011 2:01:09 PM PST by Tramonto (9 9 9)
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To: buccaneer81

A guy named Jean Luc Picard with a British accent makes about as much sense as a cyborg from the future having a German accent.


284 posted on 11/26/2011 2:15:29 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: blam
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The South
 

That's a Southern accent you've got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don't have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it.

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

285 posted on 11/26/2011 2:18:41 PM PST by Semper Mark (Pray. Vote. Buy ammo.)
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To: blam

“The West” for me.

I guess it fits, having lived in California, Utah, Colorado.


286 posted on 11/26/2011 2:24:16 PM PST by Zman516
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
A guy named Jean Luc Picard with a British accent makes about as much sense as a cyborg from the future having a German accent.

LOL! It's certainly been a long time controversy.

Picard's Accent

287 posted on 11/26/2011 2:25:13 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: jellybean
Carbonated drinks are called soda. I know very few people who call it pop

Here in Ohio it's the opposite.

Growing up in Boston it was soda, but the old timers called it tonic.

288 posted on 11/26/2011 2:29:57 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ntnychik
Since I just spend 4 hours battling a bad virus just to get online, I'm not going off site to take the test, lol. I was born and lived in Pennsylvania till I was about 8yrs, so I was always called a Yankee down in Texas.

But - when I visited relatives up north I was kidded about a Texas accent! So, I'm half and half, lol.

289 posted on 11/26/2011 7:24:57 PM PST by potlatch (*snip*~ Having the right to be angry does not give one the right to be cruel. ~*snip*)
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To: Revolting cat!

That’s a toughie—not positive, but I believe I say que-pons. How about you? Also there’s eye-ran and eee-rahn. I think I heard someone on the radio one time, might have been for the word Iran, use the two different pronunciations within the space of a few seconds.


290 posted on 11/26/2011 8:35:19 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I say ‘coo-pons’, that’s how I must have first heard it. There are lots of words I have a problem with, especially at a nursery, or a hardware store outlet, even a furniture store, though I can’t at the moment recall any of them. But there is always ‘chingaletta’, as a replacement for any word you don’t know or don’t know how to pronounce.


291 posted on 11/26/2011 8:50:26 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

“I’m from Virginny, born and raised,”

So do you say “about” in an odd fashion? I guess I do since I’ve had people ask me if I’m Canadian, but it’s just a bit of Tidewater accent from growing up in Virginia.


292 posted on 11/26/2011 9:59:48 PM PST by Pelham (Islam. The original Evil Empire)
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To: Blue Highway

Hmm....this quiz/questionnaire about accents tells me that I have a Philadelphia accent.

Tell me what results you get.


293 posted on 03/31/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: right way right

The Northwest is well-known to have ‘no accent’. It’s how radio and tv people learn to speak so they can get a network/national job.

http://www.gotoquiz.com/results/what_american_accent_do_you_have

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.


294 posted on 03/31/2012 4:51:09 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: blam

Not even close. I was born in on Long Island, but have lived in the Washington, DC suburbs since I was 6. It places me from Chicago or nearby.


295 posted on 03/31/2012 5:05:44 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Markos33

Funny story to mark my spot. The new gal up the street is from Argentina and studying english. But she is embarrassed to speak it - but she does okay.

“But it is hard, so many words are same but mean different. Like ‘beach’.
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A place for a vacation, or a mean girl.”

!!


296 posted on 04/04/2012 1:05:12 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: afraidfortherepublic

three


297 posted on 04/04/2012 1:56:26 AM PDT by apmoh
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To: blam

Raised outside Philly. They’re saying I’m from Boston. Other accent tests consistently call me Western or Neutral. Mother called it “cosmopolitan”, but there isn’t enough British English to rate cosmopolitan.

Yo! Tsup? Djeetyet?


298 posted on 04/04/2012 2:39:32 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: blam

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299 posted on 04/04/2012 2:52:10 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: 21twelve

That reminds me of a country song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTT2LEyjdC4&ob=av2e


300 posted on 04/04/2012 3:19:53 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?)
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