Thursday, August 30, 2007


What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

And if you're not from the West, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Pittsburgher - the quiz can't tell the difference;
(b) Someone from Canada (probably southern Ontario) who doesn't have a Canadian accent;
(c) Someone from northern New England who doesn't have a New England accent; or
(d) Someone from Texas or the Heartland who was born after 1980.
You are definitely not from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, the Deep South, etc.</font>

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?

I have a a pretty bad track record with quizzes. I am a classic over analyzer! In fact, I took this quiz twice. This was the first result. The second time, it said I was from the South which actually included Texas even though the difference between a Southern drawl and a Texas twang are pretty significant. So this was the first conclusion the quiz came to and I answered all the questions truthfully based on what I hear in my head. The second time... I got a little lazy with my tongue and pretended I was talking to my Aunt Jeri. As I have said before, I can be induced to twang with the best of them.

Back in middle school, I remember hearing that people automatically dropped 20 points off your IQ if they heard you speak with a Southern accent. I worked very hard at losing mine or at least forcing my tongue to not be so lazy most of the time. By the time college rolled around, I had it down. Working in the theater, you learn that enunciation is indispensable.

I have had the pleasure of hearing the sweet voices of some of my Blog Buddies and their voices are never what I expect or imagine. I know Dawn lives in Massachusetts, but I just can't hear her saying "Yah kahnt get theyah from heah!" Accents can't always be heard in a post about puppies or beautiful art or crystal clear windows. Maybe it is best though. The usual stereotypes don't get in the way. We have the unique opportunity to hear each other's thoughts without getting caught up in how they would come out of our mouths. Apparently, I am neutral. I wonder if those sweet ladies would agree?

HT: Dawn


  1. That was fun! I am a very boring "neutral". In others words, neither here nor there ;-P

    Maybe it's because I was born in North Carolina, grew up in Florida, married in Kentucky and moved to Ohio!

    You would think the "South" would have taken root by now, with all the ice tea I drink...or is that aahz tay?!

  2. LOL, Matilda, I don't think I have a very strong MA accent, because I can HEAR it when someone else does! ;)

    It was a fun quiz - I answered "same" to just about every question! :)

  3. Um...I would swear I hear just a touch of that sweet Southern gal in your voice when we talk.

    And how about me? Do I sound like an extra from the movie Fargo?

  4. Dawn,
    I would love to hear that lovely voice of yours someday, maybe even in person! And I really didn't think you would pahk yah cah in Hahvahd Yahd.

    I would say your accent if very definite but still subtle. There is no mistaking it, but it isn't overwhelmingly noticeable. Fargo? Nah!

  5. I actually came up as Southern. Most people don't think I have an accent. Though after I moved to MA, my roommates said they could tell when I was on the phone with my folks in Texas because my accent got thicker.

    I do notice that it gets thicker when I'm around other people with a Southern accent, even when I've watched television shows or read books with an accent. The thickest I think it ever got was when I went to a family reunion in Kentucky. Wow did I drawl!

  6. Southern. Love it or hate it, your accent says you're probably from somewhere south of the Ohio River.

    Thad wud be me!

    You know, I used to hate my accent but now, I am not sure if it is because of the kids or what or so tired, it really isn't something I focus on trying to NOT sound Southern.
    Wait till we start our Latin classes.....

  7. Well, I'm neutral -- and it's not because I have successfully disguised my Southern accent. Try as I might I just don't have that Southern accent. I have a competely-vanilla-Great Lakes/Ohio-River-Valley-nothing-fun-about-it accent. Booo!

  8. I agree with Margaret. I can hear just a little twang here and there. And I'm one who is easily enticed towards an accent. After I've talked to Katherine, I twang all afternoon. And I've never lived in Texas...I came up neutral too.


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