Thursday, December 13, 2007

accent chameleon

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 Northeast


The Midland

The South


The West

North Central

What American accent do you have?
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I always said I had a knack for copying people's accents, but this is ridiculous.

It doesn't show, but the other regions are rated in descending order with bar graphs, with only a tiny tiny bit in North Central. Only slightly above that? The West, where I spent the first 25 years of my life. Philadelphia and Boston have their own categories, but not Brooklyn? I'd like to think I picked up some NYC speech patterns (not Long Island though).

ps - I've never even been to the Great Lakes Region, except Chicago briefly, twice. Guess I'll have to move there so my accent fits in. How are you, Michigan?

And? I will never ever ever relent and call soda "pop."


Amy Jo said...

I grew up calling 'soda' 'pop' so when I moved to Philly I was teased mercilessly. But not as badly as my friend from RI, who called the water fountain a bubbler.

super des said...

YOu mean "bubblah"

jessabean said...

Damn straight, sister! Never call it "pop." Some people also call sprinkles "jimmies" which I think is pretty hilarious.

super des said...

ha ha ha, jimmies.
no way.

Alex Elliot said...

I also grew up calling soda "pop", but I'm from Chicago. Recently I gave presentation and afterwards a bunch of people commented on my accent. All I can say is at least I don't have a MA accent like those who were making comments about my accent!

Count Mockula said...

I got "midland," but West was second place. Odd. Of course, they didn't ask if I said "like," "hella" or "totally."

Suzanne said...

It pegged me and my pop drinking habits as from Chicago.

super des said...

AE - that's right, sometimes MA accents can be right up there with Long Island...

CM - they're like totally hella biased against us CA girls.

suz - I think I get my accent from you. Bad influence.

Sudiegirl said...

You know...I'm one of those people whose accent can morph into wherever I stay for an extended period of time.

I went to summer camp in Missouri and came back saying "y'all".

I would come back from a year in college with a Chicago accent.

when I'm tired, I develop a southern drawl of sorts.

Sometimes when I'm agitated, I get some kind of east coast twang.

I am just a multiple linguistic nightmare, I guess.

PS: I grew up saying "pop", and had to train myself to say "soda" when I moved out here. Now, I say "soda" when I'm back in Iowa or talking to an Iowan/Illinoisian and they make fun of me.

mdog said...

pop. it is POP.

michigan? no, come visit ohio.

super des said...

sudie, they make fun of you? That's not right.

mar, I would fight you on this, but I won't be drinking any SODA while in OH.

mdog said...

i don't think mar would care either way unless it was in IA.


super des said...

ha ha ha, oops.
You damn midwestern m people are all alike.

MsLittlePea said...

Mine said I had a west SoCal accent but could easily sound like someone from Fl. OK!!!
I've been told before that I have a slight Southern accent which is true but I can turn it off when I need to.

My sis has been freaking out lately because her son's speech therapist has a BIG New Jersey accent.....

super des said...

ha ha ha Pea! you're nephew's gonna talk like a guido!

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