Friday, December 01, 2006

Still a Kansas girl

I tend to be skeptical about the results from those little quizzes that are so popular on blogs these days, but this was remarkably accurate.

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.

The West
Boston
North Central
The Inland North
The South
Philadelphia
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?


In my speaking life, I've lived in Kansas for 15 years, California for 10, and the Boston area for 4. Correlation just doesn't get any better than this.

3 comments:

Marve said...

This is making the rounds in people's blogs, is it? Chaucer just took it and scored in the Midlands--and then wondered, "what is Amerique?". :P

I got Midland too, scoring highest in Boston and The West. Hmmm.

Language Lover said...

Well, just to prove that everyone doesn't score in the Midlands, my father-in-law got "The South", and sure enough, he grew up in Jacksonville, FL which really ought to be considered part of Georgia. :) Thanks for the link, doug.

ZZiby said...

Thanks that was a cool quiz. My result "Philadelphia" was completely accurate. The results commented "if you're not from Philly then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey." and I'm from South Jersey. I live in Calif. now and I drive some people crazy because I don't pronounce H's. Like in hubris, it sounds like you-bris. So, like the results also said, "someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard." I've had many people ask me where I'm from and it's difficult to convince them that south Jersey has a distinct accent. In a way I feel vindicated that my accent exists.