Wednesday, January 10, 2007

apparently, i have an accent --

and i don't just mean 'american!'. i'm actually pretty excited about this. i always thought my speech pattern was pretty nondescript, but either a) everyone who takes this quiz gets 'philadelphia' as their place of origin (take it, and prove me wrong!), or b) those 18 years growing up in and just outside of philadelphia really did have an impact.

i wonder if i'll ever transition over to 'southern' or whether i'm philadelphia to stay. i am more likely to say 'y'all' than 'youse' but only, like, ironically.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia

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.

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The Inland North
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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  1. sarah... i've always known that you have a philadelphia accent!

    i took the quiz and got the generic "american" accent, despite all these years in virginia.

  2. 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.

    I'm from DC, went to school in Vermont and have lived in Atlanta for the past 4 and half years.

  3. It accurately told me that I am from "The West." It also told me that this is the "lowest common denominator" among all American accents. Ouch. But really all it means is that I really truly don't have an accent. I knew it!

  4. After growing up in Kentucky (South?), and spending a good deal of the past four years here, it was with great amusement that I found myself labeled as "the inland North."

    I've certainly never been asked if I'm from Wisconson :P !

    "Pen and pin" were the only two pairs that I identified as sounding similar, (to be a little technical: I pronounce the vowel differently, and the length of the vowel in my version of 'pen' is about four times as that in my version of 'pin.')

    Yes, I went to school in a certain little corner of Massachusetts. Nice to have found myself here, from ephBlog :)

    Good luck on your vacation time-finding, etc: the total of my signifants' interaction today was a 90-second call that may be summarized by "sorry, I'm too busy to talk." Yet the best 90 seconds of my day :) (And that was at 10:30p CET, 4:30p local for me...)

  5. i took the quiz and got the generic "american" accent, despite all these years in virginia.