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Friday, September 7, 2007

I'm a sucker for this stuff....

this test nailed it

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Mid-Atlantic. This is what everyone calls a Philadelphia accent although it's also the accent of south Jersey, Baltimore, and Wilmington. Well, everyone that lives near there, that is. Outsiders can tell you talk differently from them even though they can't tell what your accent is.

If you are not from there, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A New Yorker who, unlike most New Yorkers, rhymes "on" with "dawn"; or
(b) A Yat from New Orleans.
You are probably not from Eastern New England or the Great Lakes area, and certainly not from anywhere in the West or Canada.

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?

H/T to Esther over at Hawaii Mom. I was surprised they nailed it so well. Although I have lived in California for years, a lot of my accent is NOT from here if you know what to listen for. For instance, "pen/pin" are NOT the same. Neither is "Mary, merry, and Marry." I lost a lot of Lehigh Valley - but for those "in the know" you'd know I'm not a native Californian.


Stephen said...

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.

...which is interesting, since I'm from Lancashire, about 3500 miles east of New York City, and I sound like it as well!

gemoftheocean said...

Stephen, New York is a state of mind. At least that's what Billy Joel tells me.

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