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Thursday, November 08, 2007

I'll just be ovah he'ah... pahking the Cah

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)

Northeastern

This could either mean an r-less NYC or Providence accent or one from Jersey which doesn't sound the same. Just because you got this result doesn't mean you don't pronounce R's.(People in Jersey don't call their state "Joisey" in real life)

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No big surprises he'ah.  :-) 

In fact, if you put a bullseye in the center of the yellow region of the map it would be centered on the part of Connecticut where I grew up.

[Hat tip SaraK]

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hrm. it's funny. i got the same result but i'm sure my accent sounds nothing like an american one :P

Posted by: Sarah | Nov 8, 2007 9:22:49 AM

I liked the naked dancing ballerina test better. This one gave me a "northern" accent (Chicago, Detroit etc), but I am clearly a New Yorka all the way.

Posted by: Baila | Nov 8, 2007 9:35:49 AM

Neutral

You're not Northern, Southern, or Western, you're just plain "American". Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

Ummm, gee... do ya think that living in the following places may have homogenized my speech?!: Malden, MA; Schenectady, NY; St. Louis, MO; Corning, NY; NYC (UWS & Brooklyn); Fairfield,CT.....

Posted by: zahava | Nov 8, 2007 10:49:04 AM

I got Northern like Baila.

"You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for."

But I'm from further east in Connecticut than you were. Then again, some people have said I have a slight "accent" from my deafness, so that might be affecting it. Also, I sometimes pick up accents. I was teaching a motorcycle class in Richmond, VA one time (deaf student there). By the end of the class, I was saying things like "Y'all are going to get on your bikes and..." then thinking "Y'all?? Where'd that come from?!" I have to be careful if I'm near someone who stutters, as I can actually pick that up as well. Guess it comes from years of speech therapy, repeating sentences over and over again.

Posted by: JDMDad | Nov 8, 2007 12:51:48 PM

I get Northeastern, which is not surprising, as I grew up in Rockland County, "N'York" - so it doesn't distinguish between Boston and Lawn Guyland, and New York Exurbs

Posted by: Russell | Nov 8, 2007 2:33:06 PM

On other tests like this one, I would get a result of being from the Mid-west. This one reflects what it truly is:

Southern

People used to hate Southern accents but now everyone wants one.

Do y'all want a Southern accent?

Posted by: shira | Nov 8, 2007 2:47:31 PM

Better a Connecticut accent than a New York accent. In fact, anything is better than a New York accent ... accept a Jersey accent!

Posted by: amechad | Nov 8, 2007 2:57:37 PM

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)

Neutral

You're not Northern, Southern, or Western, you're just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

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Posted by: amechad | Nov 8, 2007 3:11:57 PM

I have no idea, though folks from up north will say a more Southern one - but heck anyone south of the M/D line in NJ sound a bit southern.

I went to school in Boston and I knew the local dialect had rubbed off on me when I was showing a friend of mine some pictures I had taken in Colorado. The pics were of a cool rock formation. I said, "and these are the Gaden of the Gads".

I was so stunned. Icouldn't believe that came out of my mouth. Then in the same conversation, I said pisser.

I am proud to say that I absolutely never crossed the line by saying "wicked". EWWW.

Posted by: jaime | Nov 8, 2007 3:16:11 PM

I got a Canadian accent. Woohoo! The test worked for me. ;)

Posted by: Chantyshira | Nov 8, 2007 3:46:40 PM

Neutral

Born on the planet known as LA, raised in Seattle. We're known for not having an "accent"...us and Colorado...oh well, I'm boring, I know it...

Posted by: Jesse | Nov 8, 2007 6:17:52 PM

The test said I'm Neutral. Not so, I have a soft Southern accent that's common among folks in middle age and younger. The problem with the test is that it only measures pronunciation and not inflection of voice and subtle differences in pronunciation that add up to an accent.

Posted by: Karl Newman | Nov 8, 2007 7:25:19 PM

Southwestern Conn.? Stamford area?

Posted by: Mordechai Y. Scher | Nov 9, 2007 3:24:22 AM

I came up with Southern, and no surprise since I am exactly that by residence and ancestry. The quiz also nailed a friend from New Jersey who retired in Vermont. It's better than the average of these quiz things. Thanks for the link.

Posted by: Dick Stanley | Nov 9, 2007 6:30:34 AM

That Trumbull accent's a dead giveaway, Connecticut-Boy.

Posted by: Elisson | Nov 9, 2007 8:20:46 AM

Wanted to see if i could mess it up (I'm Canadian, with a slight american accent from living here so long)

I got:
North Central

What people call the "Minnesota accent." Sounds almost Canadian. You may have even been asked if you were from Canada before.

impressive...

Posted by: shosh | Nov 9, 2007 6:00:55 PM

Way Off! It gave me a Southern accent even though I never left Connecticut and the NY Metro area.

I probably should have placed "Neutral" like Zahava.

They used to send the newscasters to Connecticut and Maryland to learn neutral-sounding accents.

Posted by: Ben-David | Nov 12, 2007 12:12:49 PM

Placing me in the Northeast was no big deal. These things should be able to make finer distinctions than that.

Posted by: Bob Miller | Nov 14, 2007 3:45:03 PM

I got the same result, and I'm English, from Old England! But it was fun taking the test.

Posted by: Noa | Nov 15, 2007 10:05:54 AM

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