Kodi Arfer / Wisterwood

So what is your accent?

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#001 | Mith |

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

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#002 | HeyDude |
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."

Result Breakdown:
100% The Inland North
80% The Midland
76% The Northeast
73% Philadelphia
65% The South
33% The West
19% Boston
15% North Central
#003 | Toaps | | (edited)
The West
Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

96% The West
95% The Midland
75% Boston
73% North Central
33% The Inland North
27% Philadelphia
27% The South
21% The Northeast
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#004 | Kodiologist |
I got the Northeast. I guess this test is pretty accurate.

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#005 | Jacehan |
As did I, Kodi, so I agree.
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#006 | PaperSpock |
North Central:
"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.

Result Breakdown:
86% North Central
84% The West
75% The Midland
63% Boston
30% The Inland North
23% The South
13% Philadelphia
9% The Northeast

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#007 | willis5225 |
I got Inland North which is where I don't live.

Also having recently been in Yinzer country this quiz seems to disregard the latter day speakers of Scots.
Willis, it seems like every other time you post, I need to look up a word that's in the OED or Urban Dictionary but not both.
#008 | BUM |
Inland Northern. Though, when I had accidentally answered "on" rhymes with "dawn" (to me dawn has a light "aw" sound, and so does not rhyme with don) I got Midland. Apparently that's the difference.
#009 | Kylo Force |
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.

This is not surprising at all. I scored highest on 'The West,' which, incidentally, is where I am from. However, from the topic title, I was going to contribute that my Filipino accent (that I employ when speaking with other, usually older, Filipinos) ranges from horribly bad to nearly perfect depending on the context.
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#010 | HeyDude | | (edited)
Also, although the Northern Cities Shift affects Michigan, I haven't noticed it and I certainly don't do it. Jess and her grandmother both do, but Jess's grandmother is from central Pennsylvania and it's influenced Jess's mother's speech which influenced Jess's, so Jess has a mix of Michigan and Pennsylvania influences. As far as I'd known, I have only Michigan influences, but I can't explain why I didn't participate in the NCS.


Also, that link shows that I'm not alone: most Michiganders seem to think theirs is the least "accented" speech.

Edit: This link too: http://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/prejudice/attitudes/. I admit I was/am (probably should be "was" after reading these articles) convinced of Michiganders' speech being best!
#011 | Dont Interrupt Me |
85% The Midland
75% Boston
73% The West
53% North Central
53% Philadelphia
45% The Northeast
41% The Inland North
38% The South

But then I'm not a native speaker so the markers they test for probably don't correlate with other accent features I may or may not adopt.
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#012 | Kylo Force |
^ All the more reason that your English would fall toward Midland, I would think, if only for its predominance in the media. But there are a lot of other factors, obviously.
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