Do You Have an Accent? What Kind?

I was born in New Jersey, raised by parents who were born in West Virginia, and lived most of my life in northwest Ohio.  That particular region of Ohio used to be pretty well known for being accent-less and training news broadcasters, but evidently, the people with whom I live have contributed to my speech.  Accent-less I am not.  No one ever commented until we moved to Indiana, which is still the Midwest in my mind.  Nevertheless, I wasn’t in the schools here very long before people came up to me and said, “Where are you from?  You certainly don’t talk like you’re from Indiana!”  And then there was the waiter in San Francisco who pegged the hubby and me as being from the Midwest right after we ordered our pop–not soda.

I found this quiz about accents over at Smiling Sally’s place and thought I’d give it a whirl.  I think it pegged my background pretty well.  If you take it, I’d love to hear your results.  Mine are below.


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North Central

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 Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
What American accent do you have?
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5 Responses to “Do You Have an Accent? What Kind?”

  1. 1 The Nephew July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    i was the same as u … i found the questions very interesting. melissa

  2. 2 Becky July 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Did you always live in Ohio? Maybe its just our region.

  3. 3 The Nephew July 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    yeah i lived in the same house my entire life, point place / toledo area.

  4. 4 writeathome August 1, 2008 at 12:54 am

    What do you know! We’ve got the same kind of accent. I came up with the Inland North too, which is no surprise. I was born and raised in Chicago. Fun little test.

  5. 5 Rochelle Ritzi August 3, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I took this before and I think it said I was from the west. I don’t think I have an accent… of course, that is what we all say. My dad is an English professor and wouldn’t allow to pick one up in the many places we have lived! I have lived on both coasts, Hawaii, Guam, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, and Arizona. So who knows… but I don’t think I have one! 🙂

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