|What American accent do you have? |
Your Result: The West
|The Inland North|
|What American accent do you have?|
Take More Quizzes
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.'