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You can take the man out of Cali... [Nov. 27th, 2006|04:41 pm]
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!
... 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
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
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.'

[User Picture]From: bdu
2006-11-27 10:19 pm (UTC)
You grew up in San Jose, too, eh? Different decades, surely, but...

My family members were OK->CA immigrants from that time frame, actually (they still pronounce the L in salmon, even a couple generations down, I don't).
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-11-27 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we moved to Iowa in 1970...
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2006-11-27 11:23 pm (UTC)
Right, whereas I was born in 79...
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[User Picture]From: optic
2006-11-28 12:36 am (UTC)
"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.

good ol midland.
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From: elkay
2006-11-28 11:11 am (UTC)
I got that too, which is hilarious, especially when you take into account the mangled, Madonna-esque mess my accent is in these days.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-11-28 01:15 pm (UTC)
You should start saying "Cor Blimey"
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[User Picture]From: pipecock
2006-11-28 01:45 am (UTC)
it says i have a boston accent, which is just horseshit. i dont have a pittsburgh accent (aside from my inability to say the word "color" properly, i pronounce it "keller"), but i definitely dont sound anything like people from boston.

my man akil always said the word "pen" like "pin" which used to drive me bananas.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-11-30 02:25 pm (UTC)
Or "Drunk" as "Twatkins"
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