What American accent you have?

Old Dec 5th, 2006, 08:11 AM
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Mine came up inland north with the same exact explanation as kcapuani who is from Buffalo. I am from Syracuse.
kcapuani - I have never called carbonated drinks "pop". What about you?
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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I would say those who didn't get 'correct' identification of a accent probably people without musical hearing, so they answered questions not so presicely as it was expected.
Some of those questions are not easy to answer with 100% assurance.
I can say my native tounge is one of the European languages but quiz got me right on money. Considering i have gotten here at 26 and still speak with a huge accent I was detected right where I am.
So for those who is not satisfied please, try again and pay more attention. Have fun!
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 08:48 AM
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Amazing, it was right on.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 08:58 AM
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When I moved to Texas from Minnesota many years ago they said I had a Minnesota accent. When I moved back to Minnesota they said I had a Texas accent and that I had never lived in Minnesota. People in my own little home town who don't know me tell me I could not have been born here and went to high school here. Sometimes after I say a sentence I can hear a Texas twang in what I said.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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Philadelphian as a cheesesteak here too. And 100% correct.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 10:23 AM
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Sorry, Livlovlaf, but I have an MA in English from University of Pennsylvania. I have taken several linguistics courses, and I know the difference between "cot" and the dipthong "aw" in "caught."

I am very dubious about the quiz. It reminds me of those feckless on-line I.Q. tests.

'enry 'iggins it ain't. Blimey.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Hi Budman, so that is why you have a connection with Lodi grapes, I have always wondered! A long time ago my maternal grandfather raised his family in Lodi and had vineyards. I loved going to Lodi when I was growing up. Good times!!

BTW, I assume you know Mare Island Naval Shipyard was closed down. That certainly caused a great economic hardship for Vallejo for quite a few years.

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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 10:53 AM
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Actually, the fact that I get my grapes from Lodi is purely coincidental.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 10:57 AM
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Interesting. As the first member of my family to be born in Texas, I thought I'd know the answer. But it said "Midland". Although that makes some sense since my mother's from Illinois and my dad's from Michigan. Fun test.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 10:59 AM
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Suki -

Do eat your cheesesteak at the <in-stee-toot> or <in-sti-toot>? That's the real Philly test.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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marginal_margiela,
You can be brilliant linguist and totally tone deaf or having no simple life logic. Agree?

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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 12:05 PM
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marginal is right. I much prefer the online tests that are feckful.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 01:46 PM
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I grew up 10 miles from downtown Philadelphia, but left for schools (NY; DC; etc. in 1958: they nailed me.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 02:07 PM
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Very neat and so funny!

My results:

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.

It said I was 95% from the west coast.
I have spent most of my life in PA.


FUNNY!

My husbands results:

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

It said he was 100% Philadelphia.
He has spent most of his life in PA.


This was fun LovLivLaf!



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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 02:17 PM
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I remember reading when Jimmy Carter was elected president that Loretta Lynn said it was nice to have someone in the Oval Office who didn't have an accent.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 02:44 PM
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Mine came out Midland and I'm a native Texan. People that I have met that know I'm from Texas are surprised that I don't have that southern drawl. I think everyone in the world has seen JR Ewing and expects all Texans to talk like he did.

We call all carbonated soft drinks coke. My aunt in Kansas always calls them pop.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 03:08 PM
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Pretty good test. It placed me right in the middle of NYC.

(And what's with all these people who don;t get that Mary, marry and merry are 3 completely different words?)
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 03:15 PM
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LoL, nytraveler. They all sound the same from here. But how on earth could bag and vague rhyme??? ;-)
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 03:24 PM
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Mine said Inland North. Not correct.

I always call a carbonated beverage a "soft drink". If I want a Coke, I order a Coke.

I never say "pop" or "soda pop".

People in New York state loved my "deep southern" accent. In the south, people asked where I am from.

I love this and also wonder if it is correct.
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Old Dec 5th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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It nailed me..."inland north"...and I grew up in the Chicago area.
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