Accent Quiz

 Posted by on 10 December 2006 at 8:22 am  Uncategorized
Dec 102006

Apparently, I have no accent:

What American accent do you have?
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.

The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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In part, that might be due to all the moving around I’ve done. Here’s where I’ve lived:

  • 1974-1980: New Jersey
  • 1980-1993: Maryland
  • 1993-1997: St. Louis
  • 1997-2001: Southern California
  • 2001-????: Denver

Actually, it’s more than that: I generally dislike American accents. Strong accents can be incomprehensible, particularly when combined with mumbling. Even if comprehensible, they often make a person sound provincial. Perhaps that’s why I find many accents charming outside their normal milieu, particularly from a younger person. It’s a sign that they’re getting out in the world. Then again, I find some adult accents charming too, if they’re an integral part of an overall persona. That’s pretty rare for me though. Of course, foreign accents are another matter entirely. (Oy, now I’m just rambling… Stopping now.)

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