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I’m From Florida, I Have No Accent

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 West
The South
Boston
North Central
The Inland North
Philadelphia
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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Thanks to Jake and Jonah. So far none of us have an accent….

Comments

  1. #1 Kristjan Wager
    November 28, 2006

    Of course you have an accent – you hardly speak Queen’s English, do you?

    Ok, joking aside, I just thought of something – in Denmark, the Queen speaks proper Danish without any accent (unlike her French husband, who butchers the languages, every time he opens his mouth). I can’t just help wondering if she has learned proper accentless Danish, because she is the Queen, or if it’s proper accentless Danish, because that’s how the Queen speaks it. Probably a little of each.

  2. #2 Ben
    November 28, 2006

    I am also accentless (Midland). Born in MD to OH/IN/MI parents, then DE as a kid. OH/IN/MI since I was seven.

    West>Inland North>Boston>North Central>Northeast>South>Illadelphia

  3. #3 Julie Stahlhut
    November 28, 2006

    Mine tells me Inland North, with a touch of Northeast. Interesting, since I spent my first 18 years in northern Connecticut, the next 17 in the Boston area, the 13 after that in southwest Michigan, and the nearly two years since in upstate New York. I’m surprised, because I’m extremely sensitive to New Yawk/Lawn Guyland accents, and tend to pick them up if I’m around someone who speaks that way. Perversely, I can probably count the number of hours I’ve ever spent in NYC without taking off both shoes, while I can’t even properly imitate a Boston accent after spending my entire early adulthood there. Go figure.

  4. #4 Robert P.
    November 28, 2006

    God, this thing made its way across the blogs quickly didn’t it? I did it this morning and it said this East coast boy was a West Coaster. Dude, like totally. I can surf, so maybe that’s it.

  5. #5 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    November 28, 2006

    “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.

    Crikey mate! I’ve got a Midland accent! Quite interesting, considering my primary language is FORTRAN.

  6. #6 Alon Levy
    November 28, 2006

    I got Northeast. I do distinguish cot and caught, marry and merry, and even have and halve, but I don’t really sound Northeastern, I don’t think.

  7. #7 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    November 28, 2006

    When it’s time to go, go in style:
    X-Men illustrator dies in Superman pajamas

  8. #8 gordo
    November 28, 2006

    Alon–

    I’ve heard your accent, and it’s nowhere near “Northeast.” More like “Borat.”

    I think the quiz only works for people raised in the US.

    Also, have you noticed that the “West” accent is now becoming the new default American accent? The Midlanders are starting to sound a little overstiff and formal.

  9. #9 Leslie in CA
    November 29, 2006

    Interesting. I’m a Californian born and raised, with both parents also Californians, and I get Midland too. I wonder what the “Western” accent is supposed to sound like.

  10. #10 Mike
    November 29, 2006

    I got Northeastern, but since my accent is BBC English…

  11. #11 steve
    November 29, 2006

    I got midland as well – I actually think it has more to do with socioeconomic status growing up than where you live.

  12. #12 Robert P.
    November 30, 2006

    Leslie in CA,
    I would guess it sounds like rural Pennsylvania, shaken in with six years of FL, and a decade of North Carolina – since that is what I am and I scored Western.

  13. #13 Joshua
    November 30, 2006

    I got Philadelphia. I’m from Hawaii, living in Boston for the past five years now… Sure thing, internet quiz, whatever you say!

    (Oh, and I watch a lot of British TV as well. I’m not sure if that affects things.)

  14. #14 quork
    December 1, 2006

    Florida? How’s your spelling? Theocrats in Dixie County placed a large monument with the 10 commandments carved in stone on the courthouse steps. Commandment #7: THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTRY.

  15. #15 quork
    December 1, 2006

    Florida again, this time the town of Stuart.
    The 10 commandments again.
    Commandment 7 again.
    committ

  16. #16 Daniel Morgan
    December 2, 2006

    Shelley,

    You must not be too familiar with north-central Florida…there are people around here whose accents are thicker than mine, and I’m originally from the mountains of SW VA.

  17. #17 Robert P.
    December 2, 2006

    Daniel M.,
    Shelley needs to stop for a blackbottom in Palatka at the drive-in. Or, for gas over in Spuds.
    : )

    inner florida is a direct connection to Alabama I always like to say.

  18. #18 Daniel Morgan
    December 2, 2006

    How does an NC boy know so much of the bottom-of-the-barrel townships in central FL?

  19. #19 Robert P.
    December 4, 2006

    I did my graduate work out in St. Augustine and commuted for classes twice a week. So, I’ve probably made that trip as much as anyone in the country. County line produce, the crazy flower guy, that one gas station on Rt.26 (I think) way out in the middle of nowhere that served taco bell. That one stetch of road that is 7 miles long without ONE curve.

    It’s all coming back to me.
    : )