Another American accent meme…

…thanks to . This one actually accords with what people tell me I sound like. The other one told me where I came from. Go figure.

What American accent do you have?
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Midland. The Midland (please don’t confuse with "Midwest") itself is the neutral zone between the North and South. But just because you have a Midland accent doesn’t mean you’re from there. Since it is considered a neutral, default, "non-regional" accent you could easily be from someplace without its own accent, like Florida, or a big city in the South like Dallas, Houston, or Atlanta.

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We’re going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

5 Responses to “Another American accent meme…”

  1. keith_london says:

    I’m wondering if maybe you had one accent at home, and another at school (through teachers)?

  2. chrishansenhome says:

    No, it’s because I moved from New England to New York in 1970 to begin my university studies.

  3. trawnapanda says:

    yes, well:

    a) they think I’m from New York City, and
    b) this “midland” map includes the area around Pittsboig, which has its own quite distinctive vocabulary.

    but then again, Noo Yawk (not how yr panda pronounces the words) was held by the british for much of the war of independence.

    me, my accent is stuck mid-atlantic

  4. spwebdesign says:

    I got Midlands, too. I could have answered a few of the questions differently, though. For instance, I now often say bath the way a Brit would. I say roof one way 75% of the time and the other way the rest. Good thing they didn’t ask about aunt, though I wish they had asked about bury, which doesn’t rhyme with berry. That last question, though: after being so clear for the other questions, they had to add a “You all know what Sotherners sound like when they say…” and my response was, “No, not really.”

  5. spwebdesign says:

    Or Southerners, even…