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View Poll Results: What's your accent?
The Midland 59 29.65%
The South 23 11.56%
Philadelphia 13 6.53%
The Northeast 29 14.57%
The West 21 10.55%
Boston 10 5.03%
North Central 5 2.51%
The Inland North 39 19.60%
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:16 PM   #91
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Well, I got inland north (originally from Cleveland). But in college I learned to say soda, and have brought my kids up that way too.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:32 PM   #92
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For example, he eats pizza with "sah-sage" not "saw-sage."
More on soda vs. pop...my kids say "soda" but I tell them we don't have any-only pop.

Yes - that's another one. SAHH-sage. I say that too.

And LOL! My exhusband said 'pop' - so when they were little I did the opposite of you:

Can I have some Pop?
No, we don't have any pop.
You're drinking some!!!
I'm not drinking pop, I'm drinking soda - you want some soda?

They now use soda. Your method will work.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:45 PM   #93
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This quiz was very interesting for my husband and me. We both had highest percentage of Inland North. I grew up in Chicago, so, I know where that came from. I went to university in Gainesville, Florida, went to medical school and residency in Columbus, Ohio, and have been in medical practice in Indianapolis for 18 years. I scored 100% Inland north, and about 80% south and 80% midland.

He grew up in Tampa, also attended university in Gainesville, and grad school at Ohio State. He scored about 80% each Inland North and south, and lower percentages of the others. So, I guess our accents have rubbed off on each other over the past 30 years.

We also only answered two questions differently from each other.

Where people guess I am from depends on the context. When I lived in Ohio, they guessed Cleveland. Now they guess Chicago. I can now actually hear a Chicago accent, whereas before, I couldn't recognize one.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:53 PM   #94
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It said I have North Central but I don't know if I agree. Having been born and raised in the South, I think I have more of a twang.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:36 PM   #95
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My results: 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

I think it's pretty accurate seeing as I've moved around so much that I don't feel I have any specific accent.

I was born in NJ. Live there till age 3, only went back from age 13 to 16.
Lived in Macau (near Hong Kong) from age 6 to 13
Lived in CT a total of 4 years.
Lived in MA a total of 26 years (so far) but still haven't picked up the accent except when I'm angry and yelling!!
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:06 PM   #96
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It says I am from the Midland.

But, like, I was TOTALLY born and raised in Southern California.


I bet it is because of the Dawn issue. See, that's my name and my mom (born and raised in Michigan) pronounces it to rhyme with Don when I learned much later in life it shouldn't.
Ditto, but I moved to Colorado at age 29. I also say Don and Dawn the same, though, and I can't recall ever hearing anyone pronounce them differently. If they are supposed to be pronounced differently in the West, no one I know got the memo!
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:14 PM   #97
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I came up with Inland North and the defination was right on. I grew up in Cleveland Oh area and folks always think I am from Chicago.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:26 PM   #98
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That Inland North was my result.

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."

All that is true, except I NEVER say pop, it's SODA!
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:05 PM   #99
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My results: 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

I think it's pretty accurate seeing as I've moved around so much that I don't feel I have any specific accent.

I was born in NJ. Live there till age 3, only went back from age 13 to 16.
Lived in Macau (near Hong Kong) from age 6 to 13
Lived in CT a total of 4 years.
Lived in MA a total of 26 years (so far) but still haven't picked up the accent except when I'm angry and yelling!!
Well, now, I have to disagree. I've lived in southern Ohio and southern Indiana for most of my adult life, and these people most certainly have an accent. It's those people in Chicago and Cleveland who don't have an accent. I sometimes have the hardest time deciphering what the natives around here are trying to say. I think they have sort of a twang, myself. I was once trying to figure out what a "piney" was, and finally figured out the lady was talking about "peonies". She said something like "I was out in the pineys of an evening, and I came down with this rash". I just had to ask her what a "piney" was. I pictured a big pine forest down in Brown county, which would account for a different exposure than in your flower bed at home.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #100
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Well, this quiz spotted my Boston accent a mile away!

FWIW-around here:
Pin / Pen - different

Don / Dawn - the same

Merry/Mary/Marry - all different.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:33 PM   #101
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Quiz Results: Midland?????? I was born and raised less than 10 miles outside of Boston. Of course I spent 1/2 my childhood travelling to Maine, Canada and Pennsylvania. I guess that's why it couldn't detect my accent. It's a mish-mosh of everything!
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:07 PM   #102
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Southern (of course!)

btw, its not pop or soda; its a coke! all carbonated drinks in the south (or at least in my part of the south) are coke. You just have to figure out "what kind of coke"
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:54 AM   #103
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Yes - Donna and Dawna would be different:

Donna is : Open up and say DAAAHna.

As is : Turn the lights AHHHn

I think any *O* turns into an 'open up and say 'ahhhh' - Rob, Todd, On, iPod.

Dawna is - Awwww, isnt Dawwwwna cute - as in lawn, fawn.


My one G/F lives and is from Boston. Sometimes when I get on the phone with under I don't understand a word she's saying. If she talks too fast, I'm lost. So, if she laughs, I just laugh.

Any better understanding? Probably not.
LOL. Nope. Still don't have a clue how you pronounce Dawn and Don differently.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:19 AM   #104
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Southern (of course!)

btw, its not pop or soda; its a coke! all carbonated drinks in the south (or at least in my part of the south) are coke. You just have to figure out "what kind of coke"
Yeah! Or it's just a drink. "What kind of drink do you want from the store?"

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LOL. Nope. Still don't have a clue how you pronounce Dawn and Don differently.
I wish I could explain this. In the south, if you're saying Dawn, say the a as if you're saying aaawwww (as in if seeing a newborn baby), and just put that in between D and N.
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I thought for sure I'd get south, but got west! I guess I really don't have that heavy of a southern twang as I thought.
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