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accent quiz (u.s.-centric)

I learned a long time ago not to call carbonated drinks "pop." But otherwise spot-on.
(Scene: A deli in Connecticut.
Me: [orders sandwich] "...oh, and a pop."
Clerk: "What?"
Me: "Pop."
Clerk: "What?"
Me: "Diet Coke.")

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
 
The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

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sistercoyote
Mar. 14th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I call it pop.

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.

Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


What amuses me about this is that the furthest east I've ever lived (including where I live now) is Los Angeles. It seems rather northeast-centric.

Edited at 2008-03-14 08:53 pm (UTC)
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dr_brat
Mar. 14th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
It's tonic.

(although, to be honest, I call it soda)
bastette_joyce
Mar. 14th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I took this quiz a few months ago, and I was quite impressed! It correctly told me I was from eastern Massachusetts.
dr_brat
Mar. 14th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Mine told me that I was somewhere between northern Jersey and Rhode Island, which isn't bad, considering I split my childhood between Delaware and eastern Massachusetts.
jinian
Mar. 14th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
"Pop" is a perfectly good word. I use it to screen for asshats, then snarl at them.
beaq
Mar. 15th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Just pop 'em one.
pyrzqxgl
Mar. 15th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Every couple months or so (like last night) I meet some random local who says I have an accent and asks where I am from. Perhaps my speech patterns (or whatever) unconsciously change in different circumstances, or perhaps I just have an odd voice. Anyway, my results here were close to yours (same "Result" but some variation in the exact order of regions).
aquaeri
Mar. 15th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
When I started at uni, the linguistics department had this great display during O-week, showing photos of ordinary bits of Australian children's lives, and asking you to fill out a form with the word you used for each of those things. Then they'd tell you where in Australia you grew up.

They got quite excited over one of my friends, who'd moved during primary school and was an idiosyncratic mix of two regions. (I didn't do the quiz, because I was living in Denmark for the period they were interested in.)
mjlayman
Mar. 15th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Mine was also the Inland North, but I've never lived there.
beaq
Mar. 15th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
boston's a surprise
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
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
deakat
Mar. 16th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
That was cool. I spent the first 27 years of my life in Windsor, Ontario, where I watched Detroit tv and listened to Detroit radio (until our university station got their FM licence). When I visited a friend in Ottawa during those years, people commented on my "American" accent. It looks like I've lost it now, having lived in Ottawa for 20 years now.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central
 

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
 
The Midland
 
Boston
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


Edited at 2008-03-16 01:54 pm (UTC)
chickenwitch
Mar. 17th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Any addition of a little liquor and you will definitely hear my Midwest twang, especially if I ask for a quarter (pronounced qwaahter) for the juke box.

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.

Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
starcat_jewel
Mar. 18th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
The Midland
 
The South
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


Not at all surprising that mine is the same as yours, given what we found out last week! But I don't think I ever used "pop" for a soft drink. "Soda" sometimes, but I'm more likely to use the name of the specific drink -- Coke, Sprite, Vernors, etc.
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