Friday, January 27, 2012

Do You Have an Accent? You Know You do.

I love Pulp Fiction.
From time to time I talk on the phone with people from around the country.  It's no secret that I'm from Southern NJ, but a lot people think I have either a New York or South Philly accent.  I can hear those accents when I talk to people from those areas, but I don't hear it in my own dialect.  Anyway, a friend sent me a link to an online quiz called The American Accent Quiz.  So I took this quiz and damned if it didn't nail me as being from Philadelphia. Do any of you have accents?


pam said...

It pegged me as "Midland," which could mean anywhere, basically. At least I'm not getting one of those Linda McCartney / Madonna kind of British-American accents. I don't think anyway. Oh, it also said I had a good voice for radio. How it saw me through the computer screen, I have no idea.

Boxer said...

when I lived in Philadelphia I was told I had an accent. ahahah. Oh, really? Philly accents are different than NJ or NY.... you roll your O's in a way that's very distinctive. I love accents, they fascinate me, especially ones in the U.S. I love Chickory's accent... it's Southern, but with something else tossed in. I'm going to check out your link.

Two posts in one week? What? :-)

Have a good weekend,

Boxer said...

I'm North Central? My Mom was from NY so we all pronounce orange as "AR-RINGE" instead "OAR-RING."

moi said...

Holy Guacamole! It pegged me thusly:

Your Accent: 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.

Buzz Kill said...

Oklahoma is about as mid-land as you can get, so I think the quiz worked. And I'm glad it didn't say you had a face for radio. Bwahahaha

I can't detect a SJ accent, but North Jersey and NY are very similar. South Philly is different from the rest of Philly and somewhere in between Philly an NY. You dig? Bwahahaha

And if you keep busting my balls about the amount of posts I make in a week, I'll take my bat and ball and go home. This wasn't a real post anyway.

North Central would put you in California. Close enough.

I think a southerner could tell if they had an accent. All they have to do is watch any movie or TV show and realize those people talk funny. I'd like to hear what Chicky's quiz comes up with.

moi said...

All of my father's family comes from NYC, but dispersed as adults into the Philly, NJ, Connecticut and Boston areas. When I was in Newtown in August, everyone's voice made me nostalgic.

AL (LingoKing) GORE said...

I invented this quiz.

troll said...

I was in the No Accent could be from anywhere category. The whole Mid-Atlantic Region sounds similar to me. I.E. Eastern PA. NJ. Delaware. New York State.

K9 said...

it put me in the midland. nope!

Milk River Madman said...

It said North Central. WTF? I don't talk like the people in Fargo. This test is tainted.

pamokc said...

Heh on Chickie's result! See, Southerner's don't drip honey in their voice unless they need to turn it on ... I'm sure I can talk as southern as Auntie if need be. I think your quiz needs to be more specific. If it can identify a Texan from a Georgian, then I will be impressed ....

Boxer said...

where's your Haiku, slacker?

Boxer said...

NOPE to Chickory. She's Southern. Or I call it "Southern Gold."

Buzz Kill said...

As I'm sure your voice did for them.

When you took the quiz, did it identify you with a monotone, bald-faced liar accent?

No accent is good.

Ok, so the quiz is flawed. It was all for fun.

You mean you don't talk like William H. Macy if Fargo? Is he stayin' for supper then?

Don't get so technical on me. It's not MY quiz.

Harrassing me again?

troll said...

I just remembered we took a similar but superior quiz in College. But it was verbal, and it didn't ASK you if you could tell pen from pin and don from dawn. It had you rapidly read a script that included pen/pin dawn/don to an expert.

And he nailed just about everyone including me. He said "The South, probably Central or South Florida." He'd probably nail Chicky as well.

Karl said...

Good morning Buzz Kill,

I've been told I have a neutral slightly southern accent. The survey said: "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.

The accents from Fargo where one of the most funny parts of the movie. I don't think I've ever been mistaken for a Canadian.

LaDivaCucina said...

This was funny. I did the quiz and it pegged me from the Midland. Well, I'm from Michigan but I don't have that northern Yooper Michigan accent that I hear in others from there and a lot of people think I'm from NY. Some people peg me right away.

When I moved back from Australia, everyone was expecting me to have an accent. It never happened. I say Aussie words cuz living in a place 10 years + you get that but I'm not a poser like Madonna!

When I did sales living in Sydney, I had people who just loved to listen to me talk and loved my accent. I also got used to hearing many accents and loved the Scots and Glaswegians in particular. Interesting stuff.

LaDivaCucina said...

PS: LOVE the photo by the way!!! tee hee!

LaDivaCucina said...

Oops. My accent is the Inland North. NOT the Midland. Makes perfect sense, ay?

Shaheen said...

I'm from South Wales, U.K, and lived in England for 1 year before moving on up to Scotland, people can't pin my accent. Its so good, better than people getting it wrong.