Saturday, November 15, 2008

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 South


The Northeast

The Inland North

The West


North Central

What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I feel cheated. As someone who has lived her whole life below the Mason Dixon line, I think I should speak with a beautiful Southern drawl -- like many of my relatives do. But, while I do use southern and southern country expressions, I really do have a neutral accent. This is partly due to teachers who drummed into me the importance of pronouncing "pen" differently from "pin" and not pronouncing either one as "pe-un". It's also due to going to a high school where a good many of the students came from families that had transferred to the South from all over the country. And, I think it's also from majoring in journalism and English lit. Alas, no beautiful drawl for me.

What about you? What's your accent?



Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I took this just out of curiosity.

While I do live in the Midwest, I don't live where they suggested.

Also, the people who came up with the quiz have obviously never been in some areas they suggest.

My Dad was from southern Indiana and believe me, they have quite an accent.

Elizabeth said...

Yes, I'm not sure that quizzes like this are ever that accurate -- just interesting.

Seraphim said...

I won't take the test as I don't live in the US at all, but it is curious to me that your accents differ so much... to me you all sound the same! Perhaps that is because, having only a couple of 'real life' American friends, most of my impression comes from TV and films, which is probably a very 'polished' accent... would that be a correct assumption?

I'm sure you all sound great in your own way anyway ;)

Elizabeth said...

Yes, the TV accent is a particular accent. Of course, as we all listen to more TV and move around the country more, some people are losing their regional accents. But, there's still a lot of variety in the U.S.

Kelly said...

Neat quiz! I'm Philadelphia all the way - but that makes sense. It's where I was born and raised. :o)