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November 27th, 2006

Oh the cuteness [Nov. 27th, 2006|11:57 am]
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You can take the man out of Cali... [Nov. 27th, 2006|04:41 pm]
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... but apparently you can't take the Cali out of me.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
Boston
North Central
The Inland North
Philadelphia
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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The only uniquely western thing about my accent is that I still tend to talk about going to the Liberry, instead of Library -- at least when I was a kid in San Jose I remember that being discussed as a local accent marker. To the extent that the Internets has anything to say about 'liberry' it's said to be characteristic of Pittsburgh and New Zealand accents.

My own impression of people's accent tends to be more class-based -- middle and upper class Iowans and Californians tend to have that 'uncolored' Harry Reasoner accent, but lower middle class and poor folks in both locations will have more of a twang to their speech, to my ears. In Californian this was alway attributed to the people from Texas and Oklahoma that migrated during the Depression, Grapes of Wrath style. I don't know about now, but back when I was a kid the guy who pumped your gas often was a white guy with an unreconstructed Oklahoma accent, even though they were probably second or third generation Californians. Of course nowadays, someone pumping your gas for you is rare, and in California, the people at the 'Service Station' are likely to be non-white.

In the midwest there's supposed to be the 'I80' or 'Highway 30' dialect border, but it really seems like the Urban/Rural divide is just as important as North/South... Go figure. But it's all a very mixed bag -- my High School, Cedar Rapids Washington, was variously pronounced by it's student body as 'Washington,' 'Warshington' and 'Worshington.'
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