By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-08-15 23:02:06 -0500
Started 2012-06-19 00:38:56 -0500

This is something fun I thought everyone would enjoy; we dont have to talk about D ALL the time do we ???!!! Click on this link to take a fun quiz and then post back here what your result was!


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42 replies

IronOre 2012-07-11 18:43:14 -0500 Report

My so-called accent is "Inland North"
In other words I don't have an accent, we all talk normal around here.

byrun 2012-06-21 17:38:34 -0500 Report

My result: tied—-the West and the Midland. But, I do know there is also a strong Scandinavian influence from growing up in Minnesota and North Dakota ya' know. Ya', sure ya' betcha!!

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-06-20 20:10:15 -0500 Report

The test came out right ,being a New Englander ,Though I have lived in the southern region for qiute sometime ,so I am told when I visit my home state I have a drauel. being short, alot of people will do a double take to see who is actually talking.

flipmom 2012-06-20 19:27:31 -0500 Report

Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

Im a westerner? lol!!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-20 12:17:55 -0500 Report

Hmmm mine was midland, said I have a good voice for radio! Don't know about that, my first language was Spanish and where I live I am easily able to detect strong Spanish accents! Almost where someone hangs on or sings their last words! Let's see kind of like this, Oh no did you hearrrrrrrrr that John went far awayyyyyyy! Sounds better in Spanish, LOL! Thanks this was great!

jigsaw 2012-06-20 08:36:34 -0500 Report

Said my accent was from the northeast and most likely from NYC . Very,very, close since I grew up 50 miles from NYC ! Now that I'm living in NC, I think my accent is probably Martian???

pixsidust 2012-06-20 08:00:35 -0500 Report

I do not hear an accent with me. I am from St. Louis. I do not twang, was raised to pronounce my words properly…But let me travel and I pick up the accents of the locals while I am there. Ever so fun!!

Type1Lou 2012-06-20 13:06:35 -0500 Report

Whoa!…while you might claim to pronounce your words "properly", others might beg to differ. For example, speakers of the "Queen's English" might find any American accent "improper." We need to be careful of using judgmental terms. I applaud anyone who is able to speak and make themselves understood.

pixsidust 2012-06-21 16:04:12 -0500 Report

I realise that just because I do not hear an accent does not mean its not there. I grew up with my grandmother, my uncle who is a teacher and aunt who speaks multiple languages. They corrected me all the time. I had to read a chapter every Saturday before going out to play. It gave me an appreciation for the written word. I read Gone With the wind at age 10 in four days.

Because of all the correction, I remember calling my Mother, Mommy once when I was three. I immediately thought. Uh oh, they are going to think I am a baby.

I am middle aged now and have gone down hill with time. I make up words as I go along as needed. So I correct myself…maybe I do not speak so properly!!!!

MoeGig 2012-06-19 21:10:43 -0500 Report

The test was great fun…They guessed correctly that I am from the Northeast; however, I do not speak like a "yankee" since my heritage is French Canadian…like: "How could you told I was French, by my accident?" Or, a classic cheer up north: "Trow some rock, trow some sand, Madawaska, ran ran ran" :>) (Madawaski is a town in Maine…dominated by Canucks…). Your right…a nice break from talking about D all the time.

Type1Lou 2012-06-20 12:58:24 -0500 Report

Hey Moe! How 'bout this order for breakfast?…"I'll have two eggs, side by each." I was visiting relatives in Quebec when a French-speaking friend of my cousin's was recounting a dining experience at an English-speaking household. He was a young man with a good appetite and when seconds were offered, gladly took some. When the offer came around again for more, he said…Oh yes, I'll have tirds" and was stunned when everyone started laughing. (Of course, he meant "thirds" but the French have trouble with the aspirated "TH" sound so it came out "turds".) He laughed along with them after it was explained. Then, there was my cousin who was playing cards with my English-speaking ex-husband. She thought he was "cheating" but she accused him of "sheeting" on her…! We all laughed at that one too!

Somoca 2012-06-19 16:50:42 -0500 Report

Mine said southern but I'm from PA and on numerous occasions , southerns and Southeastern people complain that I do not SOUND southern. Their problem-not mine.lolol I refuse to say Y'all or ain't and I am still trying to find "yonder" LOL where is that place exactly? LMBOOOOO

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-19 17:02:13 -0500 Report

Why, y'all it tain't far, Yonder is jist over that thar ridge a piece.

Type1Lou 2012-06-20 13:09:44 -0500 Report

And people from western Pennsylvania might claim "It's a hoot and a holler down the road.!" I worked with a guy from there and he had the best expressions. When a gal who was "in the family way" walked by, he might comment "There goes another bit by the trouser worm!" I DO love language!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-19 16:35:18 -0500 Report

Here is my copy and paste response from your profile post as requested from yesterday:
Nailed me dead on as from the West. All you other people speak funny, not me Little bummed out though because it said something about being the lowest common denominator. Me common…I beg to differ!
The report also said The West is considered the least accented of all. After spending years in the semi touring most of the lower 48 I did notice that, like most cities, Denver has its own accent. Loved hearing all the differences across the states.
Hubby enjoyed teasing Bostonians by asking if they were from Texas, usually resulted in a very animated discourse. He can usuallly tell were people have lived after a sentence or two.

Type1Lou 2012-06-19 12:26:19 -0500 Report

Well, I have to say I thought I'd gotten rid of my "Boston" accent but this quiz clearly labelled me that way. I grew up in central Massachusetts, so it was pretty much right on!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-19 12:20:12 -0500 Report

Mine was Northeast but dead wrong. I am Mid Atlantic which is different from southern and Northern accents. This was fun

Setzer 2012-06-19 02:19:07 -0500 Report

Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

Spot on, I'm from SoCal.

Caroltoo 2012-06-19 00:53:28 -0500 Report

No, we don't have to talk about D all the time. It lives with us and is a part of our lives. Really, anything we talk about is also talking about life with D.

I have a "Midlands Accent" which is hilarious because I was born in MD, grew up in So. Cal. and have lived in WA and HI. I'm often asked if I am British or Canadian.

When I was in Canada a few years ago and apologized for only having US currency to pay for some groceries, the clerk laughed and said that was ok. Then she asked me where I had been visiting in the States? I had to fess up to being "FROM the states" which really surprised her.

I'm actually somewhat of a chameleon. It takes me about 2 hours after stepping off the plane in SC or Canada before I pronounce words the way people around me do. My family lived in the south for years, though my parents were born in Illinois and Missouri. Had Canadian friends and British professors, so the patters are there waiting to be revived.

Fun little exercise!

dietcherry 2012-06-19 00:58:49 -0500 Report

Would that fall under "mirroring" when you absorb the dialect of the area?

Caroltoo 2012-06-19 01:08:14 -0500 Report

I think the phonetic response is mirroring. The distinction is that it doesn't include knowledge of the specific idioms of the area, so I would sound like I am speaking very formally, though using the accent.

I really think it connects to only accents that I'm familiar with. I chose to learn Latin because it was a dead language and I wouldn't have to speak it. I was appalling when I tried to learn German in college! Could read it, but my pronunciation was hysterical.

jayabee52 2012-06-19 00:51:22 -0500 Report

My accent was said to be "The Midland" which they claim is not to have an accent (they said it not me)

My mother and I were on a trip to FL to visit my sister back in the late 1970s early 1980s When we were stopped in a rest area someone asked us if we were from somewhere around Toledo OH area (we were) Just because we pronounced our vowels a certain way.

dietcherry 2012-06-19 00:49:47 -0500 Report

I got The Midland which is hilarious cuz Im a Southerner all the way thru but Dad is from PA and Mom is from OH so Im guessing I took after them; but I do talk slower lol
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.

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