Sunday, November 19, 2006

I took this lousy accent quiz and they said I was from Illinois or Wisconsin. How insulting! Why didn't they ask me how I say "Minnesoada"? Here's my result:

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
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
North Central
 
The West
 
Boston
 
What American accent do you have?
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What's the difference? Minnesotans say caught and cot the same, for one. When I took the test again and imagined the way some of my suburban and exurban brethren talk ... er 'taack,' I got the proper result:
"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot."
That's what I'm supposed to be. Can a person ever realistically judge how their own voice sounds?

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