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Accent - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Haven't done a meme for a while, so I stole this one from hippie1025. Accents are always fun, and yes, I have an inland north accent, with the strongly rhotic Westrr-n'yorrk variant (easy to mistake for "Western York," since the "ew" is more or less subsumed against the "y" and the "n" is totally subsumed in "Western," which becomes confusing since there's a town there called York--you just have to listen for the mini-syllable "na").

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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kt_tonguetied From: kt_tonguetied Date: October 20th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got North Central, or "Minnesotan." That's me! :D

That was more fun than I thought it would be...
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: October 20th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

I speak how?

This is my answer:

North Central. This is what everyone calls a "Minnesota accent." If you saw "Fargo" or "Drop Dead Gorgeous" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Some Americans may mistake you for a Canadian.

If you are not a northern Minnesotan, you are probably one of these:
(a) A Yooper from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; or
(b) A Canadian who has a mostly but not completely Canadian accent

No and No . . . I was born in Los Angeles, raised in Southern Cal, and have spent my adult life in Utah. However . . . to be fair, my mom is from Northern Minnesota and my Dad was from Toronto.
after_nightfall From: after_nightfall Date: October 20th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heee. These are funny. I got the "no regional entity" neutral one... which sorta makes sense seeing as how I'm not a native speaker but from a tiny Central European country. :-)
alkari From: alkari Date: October 20th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to this, I am definitely from New York City! Ahem - no way is an Aussie accent like an NYC one.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 20th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. Since it's based on rhyme, maybe you pronounce the same words rhyming, but with rhyming on an entirely different sound?
alkari From: alkari Date: October 20th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I was thinking along the same lines. Though in a similar meme I did, I came up with a North Eastern accent - oh well, at least I am supposedly from the same general part of the USA. (Of course, I'd like to see them try a New Zealand accent - where sex, six, socks and sucks all sound the same - "sx", with almost no vowel!)
filigree10 From: filigree10 Date: October 20th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got New York City too, and I've got an Irish accent. I think that everywhere there was a choice I picked "sounds different", so that may be what leads to NYC.
anj1290 From: anj1290 Date: October 20th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neutral...but from a big city in Texas and now live in the northeast, so that makes sense. :-)
malinbe From: malinbe Date: October 20th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, I got NY... which is funny, because I speak RP. :P
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2008 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I got neutral, but then again, I teach speech and grew up outside the U.S., so it's not much of a surprise. I DID think I had a shot at either Northern or Southern, since I live in the North and have Southern parents. I guess they balance out! :)

Neutral. Not Northern, Southern, or Western, just American. Your national American identity is more important to you than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity to begin with.

Lady Stratford
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 21st, 2008 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Tee-hee...mother would be proud. I have a mid-western accent, according to the test. She drilled us to death so we wouldn't have a southern accent (even though we lived in the south).
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: October 21st, 2008 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
New York City.
You are most definitely from New York City. Not New Jersey, not Connecticut. If you are from Jersey then you can probably get into New York City in 10 minutes or less.

Heh. XD *is very amused*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 21st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)

I've got to explore the south Australian accent sometime. I had no idea you'd be mistaken for Nu Yawk.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: October 21st, 2008 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Aussies (pronounced Ozzies) mostly sound the same all over, although Queenslanders can have a bit of a 'drawl.' My theory is that the hotter the climate, the slower folks talk. Heh.

But I really don't sound anything like a 'NooYorka.' LOL! XD
cheddartrek From: cheddartrek Date: October 21st, 2008 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Southern. Love it or hate it, your accent says you're probably from somewhere south of the Ohio River.

If you're not from the South, you probably were overanalyzing the questions. Take the quiz again but don't think so hard next time.

Well, it has me pegged.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 21st, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


Well, I got Western, no surprise. Since I grew up in AZ. My 6 years in Missouri & 3 years in Georgia haven't corrupted me yet Ya'All. This was a fun quiz! Feel and fill are different words! My husband seems to think pitcher and picture are the same, which bugs me.

This quiz is only for US & Canada, which is why all of our international friends are getting funny results!

From: kobegrace Date: October 21st, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took this quiz out of curiosity; said I was "Neutral" *giggles*. Then I scrolled down to read some of the comments, and saw this:
North Central. This is what everyone calls a "Minnesota accent." ... Some Americans may mistake you for a Canadian.
I don't think the "Minnesota accent" sounds like the "typical" Canadian accent; there are too many hints of West Country English in the latter, esp. in vowel sounds. Then again, that's from a Canadian POV, innit? Oh, well.
merlinssister12 From: merlinssister12 Date: October 22nd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I got Canadian, which is good 'cause I am.
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